Date June 26, 2018
Impressionism is considered to be a 19th-century art movement. What made impressionism so revolutionary was due to three critical elements. Impressionism put emphasis on light and its changing qualities, a special technique of using small and visible brushstrokes, and most importantly impressionism captured the moments of the ordinary life.
Impressionism was originally formed by a group of Paris-based artists during the 1870s and 1880s, and had a harsh opposition from the conventional art community for decades. Many of these artists suffered hardship, and I mean serious hardship, even hunger. However, they didn’t give up. In their lives nor complying with the traditional views was not an option. These fabulous early impressionists were radicals in their time with full conviction of their beliefs what art really meant, and violated all the rules of academic painting. They constructed their pictures from freely brushed colours that took precedence over lines and contours. Although they suggested shapes and forms correctly, they were masters of capturing the light and applying the colours of their ordinary world.
Their persistence and strong desire to record a moment in life in their own way made it possible for us a century later to enjoy their beautiful creations.
If you have some time and you are also interested, please watch these three videos on YouTube, that beautifully tells the story of these extraordinary men and women of the early impressionism era, and their struggles to make a difference.
Enjoy! Happy Watching!