On 28 Mar 1996, Alyson wrote:
> 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