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Re: Impressionism

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Kathrine L Walker (klwalk)
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 13:17:59 -0600 (CST)

In addition, if you look at the work of Degas - series of "sketches"
which are "taken" from unique angles - e.g. dancers from around corners,
below stage level, etc. You will see the influece of photography. I
also rember in college being shown a series of photographs of horses
running - a precursor to film, by who I cannot remember - that were
compared to Degas race scenes.
There are also certain parallels to the later work by the Ashcan School
as far as realism and subject matter.
Kathrine Walker
Beach Museum of Art

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