What is impressionism?
Click here for a very informative and detailed article about the impressionist art movement.
|Claude Monet Houses of Parliament, Sunset 1904|
Oil on canvas. Kunsthaus Zurich
To learn how Claude Monet painted his famous views of the Thames River click here
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How does the impressionist art movement inspire contemporary artists?
Every evening in 2009 the NJ artist Mark Nolden took a photograph , exactly at twilight. For many months, wherever he was, he would excuse himself at sunset, step outside, and take a picture of the sky.
Look at Mark Nolden's photographs, particularly the two rectangular buildings that often reappear in picture after picture. Notice how the buildings change when the light changes.
Now let's look again at Monet's views of Parliament.
When Monet created these paintings there was quite a bit more pollution in the atmosphere. It was often hazy or foggy in London. Homes and factories were heated with coal and furnaces belched out black smoke during the Industrial Revolution.
This is what Monet saw:
For a more complete understanding of the atmospheric effects shown here in Monet's cityscapes, please read my posts ATMOSPHERIC PERSPECTIVE and COLOR THEORY 101.
The Impressionists were the first group of artists to create paintings outside and then exhibit them.
Of course artists have always sketched outside but, prior to the Impressionist Art Movement, they would always complete their work in their studios.
Monet did not draw on these canvases before he began painting. His goal was to capture his impression of the light quickly, before it changed.
CREATE YOUR OWN STUDY OF LIGHT PHOTO ESSAY
If you have a camera, even the camera on your cell phone, try creating your own 'study of light' photo essay.
Take a picture every day of a building or view that you find beautiful or interesting. Pick a time of day (sunset, sunrise, afternoon) when the light is particularly beautiful.
Stand far away from the building or buildings. You must include the sky in your picture. If you are too close you will miss many of the atmospheric effects.
After a few months, compare your photographs. Do the colors change over time? Do the objects look different from photograph to photograph?
Does the building look different when it is cloudy outside? When it it sunny? When it is raining? Does the building look different at different times of the year?
If you have access to a photo editing program, like Adobe Photo Shop, try adjusting the hue, saturation and contrast in your photographs. See how many ways your can alter the image. Here is my photo essay:
Adjust the image with Adobe Photshop.
Try changing the contrast, hue and color saturation
Do not worry if your picture looks 'real'.
See how many ways you can alter the image
|Photo Essay of Baptist Church, Scotch Plains New Jersey|
By Rachel Wintemberg (The Helpful Art Teacher)