Artists of the Impressionistic age created some beautiful pieces. The thick and loose brush strokes make the paint vibrant and the colors rich. The brush strokes give the painting a very relaxing and soothing feeling. Many of the art pieces I have looked at almost have a dream like quality: the paint is not clear, it is rather undefined and sometimes blurs together. Berthe Morisot was a very talented artists and one of my favorite artists from the Impressionist era.
The above painting is The Cherry Picker by Berthe Morisot. This painting was painted in 1891 in France. I love the beautifully mixed paint stokes that make the background blend so richly. The dresses and the ladder really stand out because of the pattern of the brush strokes and because of the colors Morisot uses. For example, the background is not defined, but it is composed of green and blue as opposed to the white and cream of the dresses.
Another beautiful piece is Red Boats at Argenteuil by Claude Monet painted in 1875 in Argenteuil where he lived for a period of years. This piece clearly shows the Impressionist style of painting with the thick brush strokes and nature scene.
This painting also shows Impressionistic subjects such as the transitory effect of weather: the clouds look rather promising. The colors blend in Monet’s painting that captures the beauty of a day at the harbor.
I have really grown to love Impressionistic art as I have researched into looking at the art and the lives of the artists of that time. Impressionism depicted scenes from ordinary life or pleasant moments in nature or living. For example, Morisot was well known for a majority of her work having a domestic influence. She painted women in most of her work and they often were shown doing work customary to their roles in society.
Post Impressionism on the other hand was a more structured and formalized then Impressionism. Post Impressionism tried to convey more emotion in the art pieces then the ‘quick impression’ of a scene in Impressionistic art.
Maison Maria on the way to the Chateau Noir by Paul Cezanne is a Post Impressionism painting. Cezanne painted the picture in 1895 in Provence, France. This painting shows the difference of the Impressionistic paintings of other artists and the Post Impression style. For example, although Cezanne’s colors are still a little mixed the brush strokes are more defined. The house and trees actually have shape and lines to define them from the rest of the painting. Cezanne’s painting has structure to it, the house is defined and separate from the sky and ground. Although the Post Impression style is still nice, I prefer the Impressionistic style. Impressionism seems more natural and pleasant and smoother then the sharp structured paintings of Post Impressionism.