Comparison of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings

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The three 19th century Impressionist paintings that I would utilize to decorate the offices of my company's building are Camille Pissarro's Pommiers en Fleurs, Eragny, Pierre Renoir's Oarsmen at Chatou, and Gustave Caillebotte's Paris, A Rainy Day. Each of these works reflects a different aspect of Impressionism. One must remember that Impressionist paintings and sculptures of the 19th century were largely a reactionary movement to the academic snobbery of the art that had been immensely popular in France and in Paris in particular for centuries. Each of the aforementioned works demonstrates stylistic characteristics that are typically associated with Impressionist art. Their brushwork was open and fairly loose, as opposed to the rigid strokes of the academic art that was popular. Moreover, the individual subjects depicted in these works adhere to a specific component of Impressionism. For example, Pissarro's painting depicts a tranquil, idyllic scene of nature which was a point of commonality in a lot of Impressionist work (House, 1980, p. 568). Renoir's work is brilliantly colored, and also depicts a natural setting which does not seek to impart some didactic message on the viewer. People are also figured prominently in it; these people are everyday citizens, which is an important aspect of Impressionist art. Lastly, Impressionist art also sought to glorify the urbane, which is apparent in Caillebotte's work. The urban background and the stark rendering of Paris buildings
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