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Writing about impressionism, about two impressionists and discussing their work.

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Impressionism In this essay I am going to write about impressionism. I will also write about two impressionists and discuss their work. Impressionism was the beginning of modern art. It was a movement that arose in the 19th century and was initially mocked by the public. Artists that were once insulted by this title are now recognised for their great work as we now see "different" and "unique" as a good quality. Artists from this movement are Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissaro. All of these artists had a different style to the basic way of painting. They worked in the outdoors with their subjects in front of them and their strokes were applied thick while other artists normally worked in a gallery with very precise strokes. Impressionists' paintings were very different from accepted art of the time. Accepted art was smoothly painted, detailed and dull. While impressionist's works were quickly painted, it lacked detail and was very bright. The Impressionism subject matter was contemporary and was not historical or biblical. They concentrated on capturing the effects of light. ...read more.

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These colours make the picture dark wet and gloomy which captures the scene, but in contrast with these colours there is a light brown and a tint of yellow and dark red. The brightest thing in the picture is the woman at the front as her white skin creates a contrast on the dark colours. The brush strokes look very defined yet rushed and done very quickly the paint is also applied thick so it sticks out from the canvas the painting looks realistic because of this. The texture of the clothing looks so real its as if you could almost reach out and feel the material of the clothing. This technique has been mainly done on the woman In the foreground as she seems to stand out compared to the other people in the painting. The style Renoir has used is tight and detailed as everyone in the painting looks cramped in the one space and the umbrellas make the painting look even more detailed. It has a very dull gloom atmosphere mainly because of the colours and because of the woman in the foregrounds face. ...read more.

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You don't seem to see any of the dancers faces its just their skin tone and it looks almost blurry. Degas has made a very good attempt with his texture as it makes the painting so realistic. The atmosphere of the ballet room is free and spacious even though the room has a number of girls in it they are still able to move and dance around in the room. When you first look at the picture its as if your actually in the room and the brightness of the room masked you feel energetic. It's a very beautiful painting to look at. Overall Degas has done a wonderful job with the painting. I especially liked the cleanness of the white skirts giving these girls elegance and beauty resembling swans. I loved looking through the picture it was also very nicely detailed. In this essay I have spoke about Impressionism, Two very different artists; Degas and Renoir, I have spoke a bit about their lives and the pieces of work they have produced describing both in detail. It was very interesting looking at their work and seeing how two artists from the same movement can create two completely different paintings and even now these impressionists have stayed famous for their magnificent pieces of work. ...read more.

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