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Art Essentials: Impressionism

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It is often forgotten just how provocative and unsettling impressionist canvases seemed when they were first exhibited in 1874. Critics,  professional artists, and gallery visitors alike were shocked to  encounter the unorthodox paintings on display, with their seemingly  unfinished surfaces and lack of any elements of traditional composition.  The advocates of this new approach rejected nearly all the established  principles and practices of oil painting prevalent at that time in  France. Tracing the origins and history of impressionism Ralph Skea highlights the major differences between  the new techniques and aesthetic principles of the impressionists and the academic art they abhorred, and goes a step further in exploring the  original intellectual focus of the movement. Skea explores the  impressionists’ desire to investigate their own sensory perceptions when  painting, which resulted in their unique “impressions.” 

  • Author: Ralph Skea
  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2019
  • 176 Pages, 8.5" x 5.5"
  • 85 color illustrations
  • Art Essentials Series
  • ISBN: 9780500294369
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