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  • Impressionist Art

    Posted July 06,2010 08:29 PM
    Impressionist art has always inspired me! Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects.Impressionist motto - human eye is a marvelous instrument. Impact worldwide was lasting and huge. The name 'Impressionists' came as artists embraced the nickname a conservative critic used to ridicule the whole movement.
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  • Australian Impressionism

    Posted July 04,2010 04:01 PM
    For many decades, Australia was seen by many in terms of what it wasn't. It wasn't a soft and gentle land; the trees and plants weren't the same; and it wasn't a landscape that had been farmed and tamed for centuries. To the eyes of many new immigrants, Australia was lacking in that it did not have the attributes of the countries they had left. Everything about Australia was different and as artists struggled with these new and often harsh vistas, they painted what they knew, and knew they could paint well. As a result, the Australia of the early nineteenth century is often one of park-like green hills and bubbling streams bathed in a gentle light.
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  • A bit about Claude

    Posted July 04,2010 04:23 PM
    Artist Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. He was the youngest son of Claude-Adolphe and Louise-Justine. In 1851, he attended Le Havre Secondary School of the Arts and made money on the side drawing charcoal caricatures. He also took drawing lessons from Jacques-Francois Orchard, a former student of the artists Jacques-Louis David. In 1856, Monet befriended the artist Eugene Boudin who became his mentor. He also met Edouard Manet around the same time.

    Claude Monet joined the First Regiment of African Light Cavalry in 1861 but left in 1863 after contracting typhoid. He then studied with artists Charles Gleyre, who numbered among his students Renoir and Sisley. Along with these artists, Monet helped to promote the Impressionist style. His painting Impression: Sunrise is widely seen as the first Impressionist painting and responsible for the name of the movement.
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