A Brief Note On Impressionism And Post Impressionism

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IWT1 Task 1 Impressionism and Post Impressionism By WGU student In early 19th century, the French government controlled the Academies des Beaux-Arts and Salon de Paris of paintings. The Academies were considered the ruling authority and held annual art exhibits called salons. The salons featured works of art that conformed to their standards. In the second half of the 19th century, Impressionism began which was a result of French artists rejecting traditional government and their standards. In 1874, the first independent art exhibition was held. A few of the famous artists’ who participated and organizing this exhibition was Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre-Auguste Renior along with several other artists. This group of artists…show more content…
In addition, the French government was experiencing other vast changes. For example, they changed from absolute monarchy to an Expansionist Empire. Religious entities did not understand the new age advancement in neither science nor the knowledge it brought to society. Besides, this innovative scientific knowledge was not aligned with the ancient scriptures. The ultimate change that had a profound influence on the artists of this time was the invention of photography. Photography essentially freed painters to become more abstract with their subject matter and enhance their artistic freedom. On the other hand, the Post-Impressionism period began around 1880 and ended approximately 1910. The first person to coin the term “post-impressionism” was British artist and art critic, Roger Fry. Fry played a big role in putting on the exhibition called “Manet and the Post-Impressionists” at Gragron Gallery in London, which lasted from November 8, 1910 to January 15, 1911 (Voorhies, 2000). Some well known artists from this period were Vincent Van Gogh, George Seurat, and Paul Cezanne. The post-impressionist artists focused on a different style of painting to express their emotions. Instead of just mastering optical impressions they also used symbolism while alluding to their deeper theme. “Symbolic and highly personal meanings were particularly important to Post-Impressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. Rejecting interest in
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