“It isn't an easy job to paint oneself - at any rate if it is to be different from a photograph. And you see - this, in my opinion, is the advantage that impressionism possesses over all the other things; it is not banal, and one seeks after a deeper resemblance than the photograph.” - Vincent Van Gogh
This style of art emerged in the 19th century and is perhaps the most important movement in modern painting.
It was during the 1860s that a group of artists decided to practise a different style of painting, unlike the traditional style that was popular for that time. Using a very simple technique, shorter, lighter and looser brush strokes and separation of colours to create an image that they may have seen, thought or felt.
Impressionist artists pushed the boundaries with their art by abandoning traditional techniques. While leading artists of the time were depicting historical events, victorious stories of great men at war or well-detailed, perfect landscapes, the young impressionist artists were creating impressions. Impressions of how a landscape, event or person might have appeared to them at a certain moment.
It was in 1974 that a group of artists, named the ‘Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc.’, pulled their money and together rented an exhibition space and exhibited their own work. This was quite a radical approach for the time as French art would usually be presented in the annual Salon.
This bold and unconventional approach to the art world was what later encouraged the emergence of modern art and the philosophy of the avant-garde.
So who was in this group of painters? The anonymous society included Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Berthe Morisot, to name just a few. They, of course, lead a new art movement that remains to this day one of the most important styles of art.
Here at UP & COMING ART, we have a selection of unique impressionist pieces from Russian artist, Costa Gorelov. Gorelov’s art is reflectant of the classic impressionism from 19th Century France. With the soft, undefined edges and the loose brush strokes. The subject-of-choice are women, wearing dresses that were fashionable in mid to late 19th-century France - maybe a nod to his pioneering predecessors?
His work is outspoken, colourful and modern. Furthermore, he practises Fauvism, another style of art that was born from the impressionist art movement.
An impressionist art piece is a great addition to any modern art collection. Adding variation by reintroducing 19th-century French art with a contemporary selection of artwork. If your home is designed with light, natural tones, an impressionist piece of art would be the greatest addition to compliment your home’s colour palette.
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