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Impressionist Oil Paintings

Impressionist Oil Paintings were charcterized by delicate brushstrokes, light colors, open composition and most importantly, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (giving the impression of the passage of time).The subject matters of these paintings werent out of the ordinary and innovative angles were employed to depict common everyday sites.This style of painting influenced a galaxy of painters, most famous of whom was Vincent Van Gogh.

The trademark of the Impressionist Oil Painting is the concentration on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.

Whats is Impressionsim?

Impressionism can be defined as a 19th century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based painters who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s.

Monet’s Impression, Sunrise (1872/73)

This is the painting after which Impressionist Movement was named. Monet depicts the harbor of Le Havre with very loose bush stroke. The artist seems to suggest his subject rather than delineating it. It was indeed a landmark painting of the 19th century.

Renoir’s Oil Paintings

His feathery brushstrokes were to become synonymous with the Impressionist style. After a period of experimentation with what he called his `manière aigre' (harsh or sour manner) in the mid 1880s, he developed a softer and more supple kind of handling.yet he remained one of the greatest impressionist Painters of all times.

Renoir is most probably the most loved Impressionists. His subjects appealed to the common man -pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes, above all lovely women-have instant appeal, and he communicated the joy he took in them with great directness. `Why shouldn't art be pretty?', he said, `There are enough unpleasant things in the world.'

Au Moulin de la Gallette Renoir’s most famous Impressionist oil painting and is housed in Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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