Event Essay I: Dallas Museum of Art; “The Lens of Impressionism”

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My event was the Dallas Museum of Art; “The Lens of Impressionism,” photography and painting along the Normandy coast 1850-1874. I went on Sunday, February 21, 2010. The class studied this era in Chapter 13: The Working Class and the Bourgeoisie. The term "impressionism" was coined by a critic interacting with Clause Monet's "Impression: Sunrise" painting in 1874. French impressionists depicted light and color and was often embellished with romanticism; usually conveyed scenes filled with light and joy (Sayer).
Piece I: Claude Monet's "The Sea at Le Havre, 1868" (oil on canvas)
Claude Monet was the leader of impressionist painting movement. Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, and Alfred Sisley, gave art the ability to
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Monet spent a great deal of his youth in Normandy, growing up in a suburb of Le Havre, where this view was painted. Even though this painting was completed very early in his career, Monet must have thought greatly of this piece, as he showed it in an exhibition held in Paris in 1876.
Piece II: Gustave Courbet's "A Bay with Cliffs, 1869" (oil on canvas)
Courbet's subjects were usually the mundane, "the everyday." And for this reason, he is generally thought to be a realist painter rather than an impressionalist painter. He rejected traditional political and moral dimensions of realism in favor of a more subjective approach, this new style of realist subject matter would lead the way and eventually dominate this new brand of realism (Sayer, 392).
Courbet's landscapes attracted critical approval despite having an inadequate account of the subject matter (Wagner, 2). "Courbet's realism" was a bridge between realist landscapes and impressionist landscapes, realists in the sense that while the painting looks accurate, the rules of perspective and symmetry are ignored in favor of a landscape that cuts the traditional horizon line with a thick layer of paint representing the bold, rocky cliff-side.
The subject horizon of the coastline appears lower in the painting; usually the horizon is rendered at the artists' eye level. There are beautiful blues and greens in the ocean and sky,…

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