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Impessionism & Photography

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Mark Larson (mlarson)
Sun, 31 Mar 1996 16:47:17 -0600

A short response to this quote from Daniella's post:

>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.<

You are very correct in your assumption about the camera changing the
nature of painting. Degas, for one was heavily influenced by the cropping
of the camera frame. This, and an interest in oriental composition
dramatically aaffected his work. Many other artists began to use
photographs to assist them, although painting in the field was still very

Actually, the entire Industrial Revolution, with all of its resulting
technological marvels was a domoinant force in driving impressionism. The
development of rail transportation and even the concept of "leisure time"
allowed many of the impressionists to travel to many more locations to
paint and live. This idea was central to the Chicago Art Institutes
Impressionism show of a few years back.

As a high school photography instructor it was interesting catching this post!

* Mark Larson, Art Teacher *
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