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I was reading Jill's suggestions about the Impressionism lesson. I thought
it was a nice approach. It is true that "19th century Academic art works
look like giant color photographs due to their highly finished condition"
as Jill said. I believe that Impressionism occurred just after, and
perhaps, in part, BECAUSE of the invention of the camera. Art was no
longer the sole means of keeping visual records. With little more than a
click of a camera one could have an image that would take artists hours to
paint. Artists began to see painting as more of a means of expression, or
more accurately "interpretation". The former reasons for painting no longer
existed;painting styles were bound to change. This new freedom (for those
with enough courage to enjoy it) must have been exhilarating!
Am I correct about the dates of Impressionism and the invention of the
camera? I believe this to be the case, but am not 100% sure. You may want
to double check.