Stories in Impressionism

Licked: The Academic Ideal

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013

Licked: The Academic Ideal

Impressionist paintings are so beautiful, emotional, and colorful, yet in the nineteenth century, they were considered laughable; at the time, people favored meticulously realistic, "licked" paintings over the Impressionists' "broken brushstrokes." The term "licked" refers to paintings that shine like someone has licked them to even out any trace of brushstrokes, and "broken brushstrokes" refers to thick dabs of paint on a canvas.

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Skill versus Judgment

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Skill versus Judgment

Okay, now don't get me wrong. While I'm sort of presenting the following ideas as fact, I don't claim to know much about painting or anything about Impressionism, but I am completely fascinated with the movement—actually head over heels infatuated. I want more than anything to understand how it works, so please forgive the following inelegant suppositions as the workings of a mind tussling with understanding.

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Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Left: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Garden at Sainte-Adresse (67.241); Right: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), La Grenouillère (29.100.112)

It's been a long day. You've been knocked around a couple of times. You sit down, and your eyes slowly begin to close. It's time to breathe a sigh of relief, take a break, and transport yourself to a different, more peaceful place. Two works by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840–1926) allow you to do just that.

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The Changing Face of Art

Ethan, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) | Rouen Cathedral: The Portal (Sunlight) | 30.95.250

As the nineteenth century drew to a close, popular art experienced a number of changes, many of which were influenced by the rapidly changing culture and environment of the day. The prevalent, Salon-accepted style of painting in the 1870s and 80s valued the seamless blending of paint and focused on classical, historical themes. As society was redefined by the Industrial Revolution, a new art form began to take shape. Artists such as Édouard Manet (1832–1883) began to present works that were much less uniform in their surface texture and had visible brushstrokes. We now know these painters as the Impressionists.

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Transitory Elegance

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pierre-Auguste Cot | Springtime | 2012.575

Sweet, elegant, loving, beauty: these are the words that come to mind when I look at Springtime by Pierre-Auguste Cot. After hearing one of our amazing educators, Kathy Galitz, speak about it, though, I have a new feeling about what this and the other pieces in gallery 827 represent.

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First Impressions (Sorry, I Had To)

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013

European Paintings Gallery 827

The Teen Advisory Group recently set out to learn about Impressionist art. Captained by Associate Museum Educator Kathy Galitz, we actually began our journey not with Impressionist art itself but with a brief exposé on what is lovingly referred to as "academic" art. Yes, academic.

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