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Impressionism

Itroduction to a unit on impressionism. Hits some of the key concepts of what impressionism was about and includes some sample student impressionist landscapes.
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Brendan McCann

on 25 April 2016

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Transcript of Impressionism

IMPRESSIONISM
Looking at the sample artworks:
France during the late 1800’s
They were a group of Artists
Influenced by the development of the camera and photography
Study of color and light
The beauty of the natural world
Everyday and leisure activities
Impressionism at a Glance
Georges Seurat
Augustine Renoir
CLAUDE MONET
Famous Impressionist
Era Painters
How might the introduction of the camera have affected painters?

What important contributions did artists make before cameras were around?
Why is it called “Impressionism”
Painters examined nature and recorded their individual perceptions of light and color on the canvas.

They were meant to be interpretations of reality rather than exact copies.
“En Plein Air” Painting
Exaggerated use of color
Attention to quality of light
Optical Blending & Rich Texture
Key Impressionist Techniques
French term meaning to paint outside in nature.
“Plein Air”
The Importance
of Light & Color
Influence of the Camera
Reality vs Impressionism
Impressionists were interested in capturing the ever-changing nature of light and how it affected the mood of their paintings.
"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment"

-Claude Monet
Monet's Haystacks
Van Gogh's Trees
Optical Blending and Texture
Impressionists used many different strokes of color on the canvas instead of mixing color on a palette first.

This added movement, texture and allowed the view's eye to do much of the mixing.
Student Samples
What was the time frame for impressionism?
Impressionism // Key Concepts
Who are some of the major impressionists?
What things define the impressionist style of painting?
What was the relationship of the camera?
How was color and texture used by the impressionist painters?
What was the time frame for impressionism?
Impressionism // Key Concepts
Who are some of the major impressionists?
What things define the impressionist style of painting?
What was the relationship of the camera?
How was color and texture used by the impressionist painters?
What artistic traits do they have in common?
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