Impressionism : A New Style Of Art

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After Realism, a new style of art called Impressionism was developed around the end of the 19th century called. Impressionism was initially organized by a group of artists called the Anonymous Society of Painters. This group was composed of many artists including Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissaro, as well as many others (Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History). These artists were all quite independent and their styles varied considerably, but they were unified by their difference and exclusion from the annual Salon held at the Louvre. Impressionism was developed partially due to new scientific research in color theory, and partially to artists taking a step back from painting politically and returning to painting for their own enjoyment. Impressionist artists would use dabs of complementary colors right next to each other instead of the secondary color that they wished to create, because they realized that humans would perceive the color as mixed if they looked at the painting from the proper distance. Impressionists also kept the imagery very flat to remove depth in order to maintain the strength of colors. Lastly, Impressionist artist, especially Monet, used bold variegated brushwork that changes from each object to give the painting a shimmering quality. Claude Monet was a key figure in the impressionist movement. He was born in 1840 and raised in Normandy. Monet, influenced by Barbizon painters and Japanese woodblock prints, painted huge asymmetrical
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