“Impression, sunrise” by Claude Monet, 1873
“Olympia” by Edouard Manet, 1863, oil on canvas
“At the circus Fernando, the rider” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1881, oil on canvas
“A sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, 1884/85, oil on canvas
“Portrait of Vincent van Gogh” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1887, pastel on cardboard
“The potato eaters” by Vincent van Gogh, 1885, oil on canvas
“The starry night” by Vincent van Gogh, 1889, oil on canvas
“Four apples” by Paul Cezanne, 1881, oil on canvas
Through the school we have a subject called history of art where we get to know all the periods from early beginnings to present and one of my all time favourite is impressionism which we are currently learning about. It’s so curious to me that these artists who are now so well world-known were unheralded and lived so poorly but their painting masterpieces were so rich in colours and so different from the way the paintings were made at that time. The word “impressionism” came from the art critic Louis Leroy who derisively used the term “Impressionistic” on Claude Monet’s work which led to call these painters impressionists.
That time for these painters was undoubtedly hard but they started something new what hadn’t appeared before. They influenced modern art. They actually started creating modern art. It wasn’t about the proportions and reality any more but about subjective side of the author and his work and the way how he wanted to express himself, memorize the seeings. K.V.
All the pictures from http://www.wikipaintings.org