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Impressionist Artists

Impression. Soleil levant (English: Impression, Sunrise) is the title of Monet's painting, which gave the name to a new and unusual art movement, which appeared in France in the late 1860s. The group of the first Impressionist artists, which included Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Monet, and Morisot, set a goal: to get rid of the firmly fixed bounds of the academism that influenced the canons of art at that time. They got bored of classicism with its limited forms and similar methods of romanticism – they wanted to tell about their impressions, instead of scrupulously depicting objects on canvas and coloring them with paints.

"For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations." These words of the great master Paul Cézanne can be justly considered a declaration of Impressionism. However, the public, accustomed to the traditional style of painting, was not ready to accept new artistic forms: salons and exhibitions refused to deal with the Impressionists, and critics published sarcastic articles in newspapers. Nevertheless, year by year, Impressionism confidently won ground in painting – there appeared new followers, who, in turn, brought new fans.

Today, the works of the Impressionists are incredibly popular among the general public. Exhibitions, museums and collectors are all out for bright paintings full of emotions. In 2015, at a private auction, a buyer from Qatar paid $ 300 million for the painting When Will You Marry? by Paul Gauguin – today, it is the most expensive painting in the world.

Oil paintings in the style of Impressionism

Most works of the Impressionists are easily recognized by the unique style of the brushwork: such paintings look as if drops of paint were scattered on the canvas by the gusts of breeze, blowing in the rays of the bright sun. Given that, the image turns out fuzzy, without a contour – in modern language, as if the photo was slightly blurred using a graphic editor. Impressionists painted all the objects at once, "jumping" from one to another, instead of working on each of them separately. Paint was applied in quick tiny brush-strokes.

To catch the movement of light and air, artists had to relax their eyes, trying not to focus on a certain point. Painters, who managed to master these techniques, created truly amazing canvases. The list of outstanding examples of oil paintings in the style of Impressionism includes Simplon Pass: Reading by John Sargent, Dance at Bougival by Renoir, Rapallo - Boats by Kandinsky, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Pier in Gurzuf by Corovin, Blue Dancers by Degas. Take a closer look at these canvases, experience the emotions they cause, feel the transience of the moment captured by the artist on the canvas, hear the pulse of life in each brush stroke. All this is Impressionism!
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