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Impressionism- Heart of Darkness

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Brandi Zieminski

on 14 December 2012

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Transcript of Impressionism- Heart of Darkness

Impressionism Impressionism in Art Impressionism in art developed in Paris, France during the late 19th century. Impressionism in Art E Impressionism in Literature Concentrates on the description of mental impressions as felt by an observer, rather than re-creation of objective reality. Heart of Darkness Impressionism in Heart of Darkness Conrad's Impression style helps to convey a theme of universal darkness. Background The painter credited with starting the Impressionist movement is Claude Monet with his work Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise). Characteristics L B O W veryday life ight rush strokes utdoor settings eather and atmosphere Characteristics Found in Symbolist and Imagist poetry. Allows the reader to experience the journey as Marlow does. Helps the reader built a narrative alliance with Marlow because the reader feels what he does. Impressionism in Heart of Darkness Continued In Heart of Darkness, the most apparent image of Impressionism is the haze. The book is mainly Impressionist because of its acceptance to the ambiguous nature of individual understanding. Style helps the audience understand the truth of the darkness. Impressionism in Art Most Notable French Frederic Bazille (1841- 1870) Gustave Caillebotte (1848- 1894) Edgar Degas (1834- 1917) Armand Guillaumin (1841- 1927) Claude Monet (1840-1926) Berthe Morisot (1841- 1859) Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841- 1919) Impressionism in Art French Works Camille Pisarro;
Road to Versialles
(to right) Claude Monet;
Impression, soleil
(to left) Impressionism in Art French Works Pierre-Auguste
Girl with a Hoop
(to left) Edgar Degas;
Dancer taking a bow
(The Star)
(to right) Impressionism in Art Most Notable Americans Mary Cassat (1844-1906) William Merrit Chase (1849- 1939) Fredrick Carl Frieseke (1874- 1939) Childe Hassam (1859- 1935) Willard Metcalf (1858- 1925) Lilla Cabot Perry (1848- 1933) Theodore Robinson (1852- 1896) Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862- 1938) John Henry Twachtman (1853- 1902) Impressionism in Art American Works Mary Cassat;
The Pink Sash
(to left) Lilla Cabot Perry;
(to right) Impressionism in Art American Works Theodore Robinson;
La Vachère
(to left) J. Alden Weir;
The Red Bridge
(to right) Impressionism in Literature The French Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867) Stephane Mallarme (1842- 1898) Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) The Franco-Uruguayan Jules Laforgue (1860-1887) Impressionism in Literature The Dutch Tachtigers Jaques Perk Marcellus Emants Willem Kloos Louis Couperus Authors such as Joyce, Proust, and Woolf have dabbled in the impressionist technique. Impressionism in Heart of Darkness Examples Heart of Darkness contains Subjective Moral Impressionism because it calls for individual subjective interpretations and because the understanding expected is of an experiential kind. Marlow embodies uncertainty and doubt and represents how much a man cannot know. His journey through the Congo shows how knowledge can change how you see the world. Impressionism in Heart of Darkness Examples Conrad's visual description in Heart of Darkness is another distinct aspect of impressionism. He describes Thames as having an "opaline haze." The haze warns the reader that Marlow's tale will not be centered on, but surrounded by its meaning. Things are often obscured like things are by layers of mist and fog and the reader is required to look through it. Impressionism in Heart of Darkness Examples Conrad's impressionist style permits the reader to experience the journey as Marlow does. The reader follows and questions what Marlow questions. Marlow never comes out tells us what he thinks about Kurtz and we are left to draw our own conclusions. He also shares his thoughts about his job and his role in the jungle and the reader is left to interpret his exact meaning. Kurtz's final words: "the horror, the horror." The readers do not know exactly what "the horror" is and are left to our own interpretation. Impressionism in Literature The incorporation of Impressionism in Literature occurred in the 19th Century. Some of the first Authors to adapt impressionism into their writing was Emile Zoa, a french author, and Joseph Conrad. Monet and Renoir both were big influences to impressionism in both art and literature. The incorporation of Impressionism redefined how main characters were portrayed in Novels Novelists began to spend more time on observation and experimentation instead of just written ideas Conrad wrote in the preface to his Novel, “Narcissus”, “My task… is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel- it is, before all, to make you see.” This quote directly links the art of Impressionism to literature and written word Impressionism in Literature Conrad's impressionism is seen throughout “Heart Of Darkness” One of the main aspects of impressionism that is seen throughout the book is in its bounded and ambiguous spin on the nature of individual understanding. Much of the symbolism throughout the book is impressionistic. The light-dark imagery, the haze, Kurtz's painting, the Congo River and all the other symbolism would be impressionistic. Conrad's visual description is also another aspect of impressionism.
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