Georges Leroux – 1918 ou Le Dernier communiqué – 1920
Octave Denis Victor Guillonnet – Solitude au jardin
Henri Rivière (1864-1951)
And here is a part of his process:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Portrait of Vincent van Gogh – 1883
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Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957)
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Artist: August Renoir (1841-1919)
Auguste Renoir is one of the most famous french painter and main founder of the impressionism. He is more interested in portraits and nudes rather than nature and landscapes.
He spent most of his lunch time studying old masters of the 18th century like Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, and Jean Honoré Fragonard in the Louvre and you can clearly see their influence on his paintings.
Renoir painted during the last twenty years of his life, even when arthritis severely limited his movement, and he was wheelchair-bound. He developed progressive deformities in his hands requiring him to adapt his painting technique so he painted with the brush tied to his wrists.
A quote from Auguste Renoir:
I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.
If you want to see all the paintings from Auguste Renoir:
If you want to see a video of Auguste Renoir painting:
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Artist: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Edgar Degas was french painter born in 1834 but also one of the main founder of impressionism and yet he had a complex relationship with other artists in the group (he rejected the term impressionism, preferring to be called a realist).
He avoided working in plein air like a lot of painters and he decided to focus on a more personal aspect of the world with also a huge work on movement with his studies of dancers.
As he said himself, “no art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and of the study of the Old Masters.” Despite this, his subject matter (scenes of Parisian life), his composition (often off-centre), his experimentation with vivid colour, and his friendship with key Impressionist artists including Manet, all bring him within the fold of the Impressionist school.
A quote from Edgar Degas:
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
If you want to see all the paintings from Edgar Degas:
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Artist: Claude Monet
Impressionism is a style or movement create in France in the 19th century. It takes his name from a french critique called Louis Leroy who wrote a satirical review in a french newspaper based on a painting from Claude Monet called “Impression, soleil levant” (the first painting in this post).
At that time academic painting was king but this group of painters didn’t wanted to paint grander subjects such as battles, ancient greek or political scenes. They wanted to paint scenes of everyday life like cooking, bathing or even just a tree and a bush.
So instead of painting in a studio they found that they could capture the momentary effects of sunlight by working quickly, in front of their subjects in the plein air. They were not trying to paint a realistic picture, but an ‘impression’ of what the subject looked like to them so they often painted thickly and used quick (and quite messy) brush strokes.
For all these reasons they faced harsh opposition and a lot of people didn’t like impressionism as they thought it was a bit messy and that the paintings looked unfinished. They thought art should be neater and that subjects in art should be more important than just everyday scenes.
To finish this post here is a quote from Claude Monet:
Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.
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