Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Music and Art: Impressionism

Throughout history, we can observe that many movements within the music world often go hand in hand with what innovative techniques and ideas are simultaneously being explored within the visual arts. This month, let’s take a look at several of these movements found in both music and art, discussing how both composers and artists attempted to express these new ideas within their work.

This week, let’s first look at one of my favorite historical movements in both music and art: Impressionism. French painter Claude Monet is a prime example of an Impressionist artist, his painting, Impression: Sunrise (1872) influencing the name of the artistic movement.

Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise (1872)
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Impressionist artists attempt to depict an impression of images within nature rather than displaying a realistic, detailed picture. Many Impressionist paintings appear as though you are gazing at a scene off in the distance, sensing only ideas of what may truly exist. Monet is known to express these artistic ideas through the use of blurred brushstrokes and contrasting colors. This leaves it up to the viewer to discern the details within their own mind.

Do you enjoy Impressionist artwork? Do you have a favorite artist or painting from this period?

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