Impression, Sunrise Claude Monet, 1872.
The Impressionists state, “The human eye is a marvelous instrument”.
The Impressionists left us with a great number of compelling, if not vague depictions of beautiful things. The era of Impressionism features such lovely scenes, such as the above sunrise, fabulous flowers, lakes, night skies; these paintings evoke a significant emotional response for many. Perhaps it is because with the slight obscured representation, there is more room for imagination, a wider plain upon which the collective whole may relate, and a broader realm for personal interpretation. I find Impressionist art appealing in part due to the featured brushstrokes; they are vivid and noticeable, and it gives me the impression that the artist had a close relationship with the brush, the paint, and the canvas. I enjoy seeing the texture of paint on the canvas, as it provides a three dimensional aspect to a piece. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers gives an example of heavy texture bringing a tangible element to the piece. Monet’s Impression, Sunrise created in 1872 inspired the name of the Impressionist movement. A wide and new variety of synthetic pigments became accessible to the painters of Impressionism, and they made bold use of them, also incorporating the use of natural light – painting outdoors at dusk, or other times when light cast lovely shadows which were then incorporated into a piece.
Salvador Dali’s Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, pictured above, was painted in 1944 in the style of Surrealism. Dali referred to his paintings as, “hand painted dream photographs”. Dali creates very clear pictures of very abstract concepts. His work features many accurate representations of humans, animals, and objects found in and out of nature, however, with a remarkably surreal focus. Unlike the Impressionists, who painted with blurred lines and clear concepts and who sought beauty – the beauty of light, and color, and lovely things, Dali does not seem concerned with incorporating any pleasantness into his work. Dali delved deeply into the theories of Freud, and the works of Alfred Hitchcock. Many find Dali’s work disturbing and visually unpleasant. If one views it with it’s dreamlike qualities in mind, it may invoke some recognition, or at least some interesting thoughts.
Wikipedia. Impressionism.N.p, 2014.Web. 19 Oct. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionism
Wikipedia. Impression, Sunrise.N.p, 2014.Web. 19 Oct. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impression,_Sunrise
Gérard Durozoi, History of the Surrealist Movement, transl. Alison Anderson (Chicago, 2002), p. 193.