Leaving an ImpressionWhen people think of Impressionist artwork, the first name that comes to mind is often Vincent Van Gogh. While no one can deny his contributions to the movement, it was actually Oscar-Claude Monet who founded the French Impressionist art style.
Monet was born November 14th, 1840. It wasn't until 1874 when he showed his first independent art show that the first painting of this style gained widespread recognition. "Impression, Sunrise" is one of his most famous works, and the painting from which the Impressionist movement took its name.
Most of us think of Impressionism as dabs of paint that look like a picture from far away, but loses form up close. In reality, it's the study of the effects of light and colour on objects. Monet said it was, "Expressing one's perceptions before nature." True to form, he would spend series of pictures painting the same subject over and over to study the effects of light, seasons, weather and times of day on the same object. This makes up his most famous series of paintings of water lilies from his landscaped garden.
To best show this effect, Monet would paint in dabs, dashes and squiggles of paint. He reduced his perception of his subject to colour and shapes and matched his strokes to that view. When describing his method, he claimed, "I like to paint as a bird sings."
We also like to paint as birds sing, and we have a number of classes inspired by Monet's iconic work. Coming up in June and July, we have Monet's Wonderland and Monet's Water Lilies, two stunning paintings sure to inspire and awe!
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