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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #48 - Impressionist

Let's continue on our whirlwind tour of art history.  Where should we stop next?  Maybe the Rococo age, where luxurious decorative arts reigned, and whimsical subjects were painted with nostalgic subtle and delicate tones.



On second thought....maybe not.

Perhaps the period of Romanticism, where artists exaggerated certain colors to express the religious and social themes of the day.  Or the time of the Realists, where artists like John Constable strove to duplicate the local colors of the landscape.

But I have a yen to get to one of my favorites: the Impressionists.  From about 1860 to 1900, artists like Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir chose to give a group middle finger to the teachings of the Neoclassical and Romantic periods, with their dark colors and precise glazes.  The Impressionist artists took their easels outside to study light and paint it with bright and loose colors in a single sitting.  Light became the subject, rather than the subject itself.

Impressionist Bear
Acrylic on paper

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

As I clicked on the post and came to your blog and the bear all dressed up came on...I cracked up...thanks for the fun!!!
This is great, even a little art history lesson with the bear too....cool!

RHCarpenter said...

Now you're really getting fun!!! And I'm learning a bit about art history along the way - a double bonus. I really like your baroque bear and this impressionist bear is mighty fine, too. Can't wait to see where you take us next.

Terri Buchholz said...

Ah, "un dimanche apres-midia ille de la Grande Jatte avec l'ours polaires", or something like that. Tres Bien ma ami!

Lisa Walsh said...

Always glad to put a smile on your face, Cynthia.

Hang on Rhonda, it might be a bumpy ride!

Terri...uh...I'm going to need a translator. :P