American Impressionism During The Nineteenth Century

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American Impressionism took shift in Paris, 1874 by a group of artists called the Anonymous Society of Painters. They organized an exhibition in Paris that launched the movement called Impressionism. Impressionists depicted the everyday lives of middle-class people by using natural light and rapid brushwork. In addition to their fundamental technique, the bright colors of Impressionist canvases were shocking to people who were used to the more moderate colors of Academic painting. The paints themselves were more vivid as well. In the nineteenth century there was a development of unatural pigments for artists’ paints, providing vibrant shades of blue, green, and yellow that painters had never used before.1 Impressionism was never thought of…show more content…
Some were captivated by the energy of urban life, responding to the fragmented experience that marked the age in rapidly depicted scene.3
One artist that was part of the impressionist movement was Claude Monet. Monet was raised in Normandy and lived from 1840-1926. He consistently depicted the landscape of leisure activities in Paris and its territories. By developing a unique style of perceiving nature, he led the way to modernism in the twentieth century. One of his paintings that was painted during this time period was the Regatta at Sainte-Adresse. This painting is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 818.4
This painting has many elements to it that makes it appealing. It is an oil on canvas painting. In the painting it is an average day and there are people lounging on the beach. The people are dressed in fancy clothing; suit jackets, hats, holding canes. The women are wearing dresses and holding umbrellas to shield the sun. The coastline of the beach is wavy, this way we can see the buildings at the end of the painting because it goes around in a circular way. The beach is rocky. The sky is light blue with white clouds that descend back into the painting, almost as if they are drifting behind the houses. The ocean isn’t overlapping the beach, it meets it perfectly. The ocean is different shades of blue and green. It starts off as a darkish blue and fades into a lighter green with dark green strokes, almost as
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