Impressionism in Art Essay

Impressionism in Art
An examination of the connection between the Belle Epoche in nineteenth century French history and the growth of impressionism.
# 61514 | 1,626 words | 4 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2005 in Art (History) , History (European - 19th century)

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Impressionist art developed out of France in the works of many painters as well as writers and other artists. It had roots in a changing society at the time which was reflecting new ideals and a break with past traditions. In impressionist art, these traditions were those of naturalist canvas painting, and during this time there were new and innovative influences, including a more casual hurried painting style and a greater
sense of style and opposition in works of art. This paper shows that the Belle Epoche at the end of the nineteenth century was a setting in which many changes were taking place; therefore, the changes brought about by the rise of impressionism can be linked concretely to this time
period. The impressionist movement in art sought to break with traditions of the past and seek a new way of portraying subjects, just as many other sectors of society were changing at the time.

From the Paper:

"Impressionism in art represented a reversion to simplicity for some and a break with tradition that was threatening to the status quo to others. Although the Paris Salon featured many impressionist painters over time, during some of its more conservative years it would not show them, or would take paintings from them only if they were done in a different style. The impressionists generally on canvas wanted to do away with the notions of grandiose depth and solid realism established by the naturalist school before them, and replace it with a kind of line and use of lights, middles, and darks in a way that reflected more of a heritage in Meiji Japanese art than conventional European standards of realism."

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