Impressionism

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While perusing the jaw dropping masterpieces at the Alte Pinakothek, Art Museum in Munich;
I stumbled across this simple 1874 bridge piece by Claude Monet.
Shot at : F / 2.8, 1/80 sec, 1,000 ISO and @ 85 MM
How easy it is to just do a quick look over and keep walking to the next piece of art, but closer inspection and understanding yields more.
The impressionism movement, was initiated in the late 1800s in the greater Paris area.
Highly criticized, specifically by La Academy Des Beaux Arts,
Monet and others were frowned by their nouveaux and unconventional style.
Who would know that in later years, one single painting would fetch up to 60 million dollars, at Auctions.
As a photographer, I like studying composition and light, and how they both interact and balance with one another.
One can learn a lot by observation alone.
As you admire this painting, you can see the numerous different colors and shades of the blues in the sky and the water and grass.
Towards the right side, you can even see reflections of the small boats on the water’s surface.
That Impressionism style was :
The short / thick strokes of paint to accurately capture the essence of the subject; rather than exact details
The colors are applied side by side, with very little mixing and very little black paint, creating vibrancy
You can see that the play of light from object to object is carefully laid out
Most of the works were done in early morning or late evening, to capture vibrancy of color and of shadows,
as high noon sun would be too harsh and affording little shadowing angles.
I appreciate the Impressionist style of paintings, because they arrange their composition so as to get your attention;
with the main subject commanding your interest, but with a relaxed boundary between the subject and background
almost like a snapshot; as if you yourself, were actually there…

Rick De Paiva

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