The Art of Impressionism

The evolution of painting brought several movements and schools with it, the names include Early Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post Impressionism and many more after that. Each school had its own beliefs and thinking that designed and guided its techniques and styles.

Impressionism out of the lot was a noteworthy era that occurred during the 19th century. The uniqueness of this kind of painting was in its use of the brush; a very thin brush is used in this sort of painting yet the strokes are quite vividly visible. The concepts behind the creation of a painting during this movement followed certain guidelines which emphasized the need for capturing movement.

This movement is that of light, and it is the features of this moving light that were depicted in this sort of painting. Very ordinary subject matter, atypical visual angles and open composition were among the characteristics of the Impressionist painting. This was a art movement of the past, the present type of art such as the contemporary art, the modern art, pop art, and abstract art, good examples of which can be seen at Mark Borghi ’s galleries are very different from Impressionism.

Impressionism began with a group of artists from Paris around 1870 and 1880, when they put up their independent exhibitions. The name of this movement from taken from a work of Claude Monet also known by the same name, and there are some distinctive techniques that are employed in this art form. They are as follows:

  1. Impasto – when using this technique the artist applies a thick layer of paint to give the painting an opacity and different texture. Oil paint is used in this form of art again to create a thick texture that is possible owing to the thick viscosity of this paint. This procedure helps to get a better lighting and definitely gives a better form to the human perspective.
  2. Broken Color – this is the technique in which the colors are not blended on the palette instead they are blended by mixing the hues optically. It is the optical blending of colors that captures the human perception in its best form. The uneven and not so proper and smooth transition of hues is what gives a different character to this kind of painting. The hard lines of this painting are replaced by mixing and diffusing the various hues.
  3. Wet-on-wet Paint – the process of painting with layers of wet paint and not waiting for one stroke to dry out before painting the next. The loose and softer edges were easily achieved by this.

Apart from the above there is the minimal color mixing strokes, the undefined painting and the minimum black and dark colors techniques of Impressionism. These ancient painting techniques should not be allowed to die out as they all teach something or the other. This agenda has been taken up by Mark Borghi who puts up various forms of fine arts on display at the exhibitions of his art galleries. He is an art enthusiast and therefore appreciates art by putting up the contemporary, abstract, pop and various other forms of fine arts such as sculpture.