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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Alyson
28 Mar 1996 12:03:08 -0500
The invention of the camera was, indeed, important to the development of
Impressionism, but I think it's important to mention that Impressionists
considered their work realistic rather than expressionist. In other words, our
own vision is obscured by atmosphere and conditioned by the light at a
particular time of day. We don't see everything as clearly as the Academics
were painting it. It was the camera that probably helped the Impressionists
come to this realization.
As I mentioned off-line earlier, the growth of suburbs around Paris,
industrialization of the city, and creation of boulevards (by the planner
Hausmann?) created valuable subject matter for the group. They were painting
their own reality.
Alyson B. Stanfield
Curator of Education
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The University of Oklahoma