Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for... Impressionism

How's my mental health today?

I feel mentally, emotionally and physically drained. The reason for this is beyond me. All I know is that I'm sleeping a lot more and still feeling tired. I've been exercising almost everyday and even that hasn't helped.

Coming up with a theme or topic beginning with the letter I has been difficult. In fact, I still haven't decided on a focus even as I'm writing this. Is it indecision? Perhaps it's because ideas go flitting by but don't hang around long enough for me to grasp onto them.

One of the ideas I had for a theme was Impressionism - a school of painting that came out of France in the late 19th century.

I first came across Impressionism when I was writing a paper on Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Apparently neither of these composers wanted anything to do with the Impressionism label on their music. As I researched for this paper I came across the painters of the Impressionism style - one which was scoffed at by the public.

I looked at artwork by Claude Monet, Pierre August Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh and more. The compositions of these artists and others of their time hooked me and Impressionistic art continues to be among my favorites.

Pierre August Renoir

Vincent Van Gogh

Camille Pissaro

Claude Monet

An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all.
Paul Cezanne


  1. I also love the impressionist paintings although I have been very lax in finding out more about them. It's true that they seem to show emotion in the paintings and you get a sense of the occasion. A very interesting post.

  2. I love Van Gogh's Starry Night the best of all you offered. I hope you feel better.