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Clef & Canvas- Impressionism
Transcript of Clef & Canvas- Impressionism
Clair de lune
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
"The one who destroyed 19th century rhetoric"
Impressionism in Art
The catalyst for art as a form of expression
In Pop Culture
Harmonic innovations led to the break up of
the major-minor scale
Orchestration paved the way for the serialists
Provided some of the greatest piano music since Chopin
“…and I explained to Debussy that I was in no way anti-Wagnerian but that we should have a music of our own-if possible, without any sauerkraut. Why could we not use the means that Claude Monet, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others had made known? Why could we not transpose those means to music?” –Satie
“I am more and more convinced that music, by its very nature, is something that cannot be cast into a traditional and fixed form. It is made up of colors and rhythms. The rest is a lot of humbug invented by frigid imbeciles riding on the backs of the Masters-who, for the most part, wrote almost nothing but period music. Bach alone had an idea of the truth.” – Debussy
The Voice of Debussy
Paris World's Fair 1889
Term first used in 1874 by critic Louis Leroy
Avoidance of sharp lines and formal precision
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stephane Mallarme- symbolist poem- 1876
Favors winds over strings
Avoids harsh brass instruments and percussion
Big orchestra used in a brand new way
Allusion and understatement
First performed in 1894
Isle of Y's
Depicting legend through sound
The name was originally derived from a 19th century painting by Claude Monet
Heightened emphasis on light, the passage of time, and movement
What is it?
Sought to capture a "new reality" through color and motion
Emphasis on capturing fluctuations in light over realistic depiction of subject
Emotion and new interests fused to form a completely new form of expression
1874 Monet painting entitled: Impression, Sunrise, Le Havre
Parented artistic, sculptural, musical, and architectural movements that are still evolving today
Pushed boundaries, asked questions, and established a new definition of "art"
Monet - Impression, Sunrise, Le Havre - 1874
Death of the Horatii
Are the "truth" and what we "see" two different things?
Where does art come from?
What is my role in the creation of art?
The Big Questions
Vincent Van Gogh
fillettes jaune et rouges
Clear passage of time