In . “Impressionism can be considered the first

In this paper, I am going
to contrast and compare some of the two most important art movements,
Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, and two artists that played a major role
influencing others after them in these particular movements. These artists that
I am a going to talking about are Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, whom I
believe to be some of the greatest artist of all time in this period. I will
compare and contrast paintings by both artists and show how they both put
passion in their works. I will start off with a brief history of both the
movements and the two artists. The impressionist movement begun in the 19th
century and was considered the start of modern day art work in France and
Europe . “Impressionism can be considered the first distinctly modern movement
in painting. Developing in Paris in the 1860s, its influence spread throughout
Europe and eventually the United States. Its originators were artists who
rejected the official, government-sanctioned exhibitions, or salons, and were
consequently shunned by powerful academic art institutions.” “Impressionism
Movement Overview and Analysis”. Internet. 2017. TheArtStory.org

 

Oscar Claude Monet was
the founding father of French impressionism and is considered one of the greatest
of the Impressionist painters. In his early days, according to a
biography I read about him.  Monet became
very well-known for his caricatures and for drawing residents of his town
located in Le Havre. After a while though, Monet switched to painting mother
nature and the natural scene. According to his Biography this was because he
met Eugene Boudin who was a landscape artist. Boudin introduced Manet to a
style that Manet would end up using a lot and can be seen in the two paintings
I will talk about. In this kind of style, Monet painted the outdoors and
focused on his atmosphere and lighting.

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One of the paintings I am
going to talk about is Le Grenouillere.Le
Grenouillere  was painted by Monet
when he apparently had dream about the baths at Le Grenouillere and made a few
sketches of them with his friend Renoir who also happened to be a painter.

The Grenouillere is a
painting that shows a typical day at a resort along the Siene river located in
France. It shows nature, people from different walks of life. The composition
concentrates mainly on the foreground. It has a couple of points of interest
which I say include “Le Chembatre” which are the figures on the island at the
center of the painting, all these figures are all dressed differently which
shows that classes mixed at La Grenouillere, which made this painting even more
interesting. It also has a stretch of trees and foliage in the background
painted in a much lighter fashion which shows Monet’s appreciation for nature as
an artist. Monet uses a combination of thick bold brushstrokes and small short
soft brushstrokes which creates a  varied
look and helps give a clear and impression of one’s perspective. Another aspect
that varies is the tone and how Monet paints some areas lighter than the other
and vice versa. The shades on the barge are an example of how some areas are
darker than others giving the painting some life. I believe that the way the
water looks is one of the main reasons as to why this painting is good and
another reason why Manet was a master at his art. The way the water looks from
up close and afar is different. From afar it shows smoothness and reality but
from up close one can see that the brushwork is short and broken. The painting
still holds onto a little bit of the classical style but at the same time
breaks away from it because Manet wants to show the lives of the ordinary
people and not just the wealthy. I believe that through his painting, Manet was
trying to capture a typical laid-back French scene of unsuspecting ordinary people
enjoying a good day (Manet was sort of a people watcher).

Another painting by Manet
that interested me was The Road-Bridge at Argentil painted in 1874 This
painting is one of a river scene that has a sailing boat as the Point of interest.
The boat is painted in just a dark shade but this contrasts well with the
lighter surroundings, something that can be also be seen in the Le Gunilaere
with the rowboats. As a spectator, one looks on this piece from the riverbank,
with the small boat positioned just slightly to the left, which allows one to
have an uninterrupted view of the long bridge with its different shapes and
curves. The bridge helps give an impression of perspective and leads your eye
onto the house, small boat and riverbank in the background. The brushwork in
this painting is very short and broken in all places, unlike in Le Gunilare
where it is not as obvious, however it is much less obvious in the sky and on
the shadows. The brushstrokes blend to yiled a stunning view of the River from
afar but as you get close, you can notice that the paint is somewhat distinct
and everythign The shadows help make the boat and the bridge look more
three-dimensional especially on the bridge where it really adds to the
curvature of the arcs. Monet uses a thicker paint with stubbier strokes to do
the trees while with the water he uses softer paint and fluid skips. Another
part is the figure on the boat. It looks like this figure was done done with
dark kinda blue unlike the other aspects of the painting. The Seine is also
beautifully done in a way that it stands out and feels like the real place, its
realistic in a way. He uses rough brush strokes to portray the calm rippling
water which I think is cool. I think the painting creates a sense of calm and
relaxation. By using various colors and blending them the way he does, Manet
creates a masterpiece. He shows the commitment and dedication he had towards
making sure his art was magnificent. By using different kinds of brush strokes
and techniques, he uses different range of colors in order to add something
unique to the painting which is awesome.

Both of these paintings
have many similarities, but they also show the different sides to Manet’s style
of painting.  Le Grenouillere has
much thicker brushstrokes and focuses on much darker colors such as greens and
browns, while in the Road- Bridge, Manet  tends to use lighter yellows and blues and his
brushstrokes are much shorter and rougher. To me I believe that these create
two different kind of moods. Le Grenouillere is more “lets go out to the Park
and interact with people” while the road bridge is more like “I want to sit by
the water on a nice sunny day and read a book” These two paintings show how
similar but different Manet’s paintings were and how much he put into his work.

Post-Impressionism can be
loosely defined as a variety of movements driven by a group of individual
artists all seeking a new way to create art and some of these movements
included; Neo-Impressionism, Symbolism, Cloisonnism, Synthetism, and the later
work of some Impressionists. Post impressionism took some ideas from
Impressionism like using colors that stood out, working from real life but
refused to paint scenes or incidents as they appeared. One thing I leanrt about
this movement is that most of the artists worked solo and usully had different
individual styles. One of these artists was Vincent Van Goh