Impressionism is a major style or movement in art originating from 19th century France. This style is not made to focus on an accurate depiction of the scene, but rather is more concerned with capturing the visual impression of the moment. This is achieved by a variety of brush strokes, some short and thick and others relatively thin, yet visible on an open composition. These brush strokes are infamous for this type of style, giving it a loose feel with rarely any harsh lines. Impressionism focuses on the depiction of light, subject matter, scenery, and movement.
It was this movement that faced harsh opposition in the art community in France. At this time, art had traditional standards. Art usually depicted historical subjects or events, and religious themes. Portraits were valued; landscapes and still lives were not. Paintings were preferred to be carefully finished with an accurate and realistic depiction. The traditional style of paintings were often made up of precise brush strokes carefully blended to hide the artist’s hand in the work, and color was restrained and toned down for the application of a golden varnish. In the early 1860’s, four young painters arose in the art community in France. Their names were Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille. These new artists faced harsh criticism for their modernity and contemporary flare in their works. Their styles were not traditional by any means. They were composed of quick, loose brush strokes, and blurred lines. Many people did not understand this style, so they were quick to reject it. Monet and Cézanne faced the harshest attacks on their works. Critic, Louis Leroy, would make a play on worlds with Claude Monet’s Impression, soleil levant or Impression, Sunrise, giving the artists the name by which they became known. In his article titled The Exhibition of the Impressionists, Leroy states that Monet’s painting was at most a sketch, and could hardly be termed as finished work. Soon after the article was released, the painters and their styles faced even more public controversy, only this time people were intrigued. The term Impressionist gained favor among the public. Suddenly people admired the freedom that this style brought to the art world. It was a new style for a new era, and it was to be appreciated.
Today we have many artists around the world who work with Impressionism. One of which we are honored to present his work in our gallery, is William Vincent Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has based his paintings around his traveling lifestyle. He was heavily influenced and inspired by early French Impressionists where he would learn much of his techniques. He learned the essential elements like how to apply colors next to each other to suggest subtle shifts in shadows and light. He applied his paint in layers to create texutres and depth in his works. He uses pops of color and loose brush strokes to mimic the iconic style of Impressionism.
Impressionist Duaiv creates a world of his own with extrordinary colors and beautiful landscapes. He brings scenes to life like you’ve never seen before. Duaiv is somewhat different than other modern Impressionists. He typically uses no more than six to eight colors per piece. His pieces are warm and complex, drawing you in closer to see each mark of the brush as it dances across the canvas. He paints mostly landscapes but is not limited to them. Every detail catches your eye with his vibrancy. Duaiv is just another fantastic artist out there, and we have the pleasure to display his works around our gallery.
Another modern Impressionist that we have the pleasure to showcase her work in our gallery, is Elena Bond. Her works are easily recognizable as impressionism with her thick and loose brush strokes. Her paintings are colorful and vibrant, with a wide array of subject matter. Elena had an interesting childhood. Growing up with her father as a military doctor she moved around the Soviet Union quite frequently. Elena used this to her advantage as a painter. Moving from place to place she presereved memories of many different cultures and experiences around her. This shows in her work even to this day. Elena Bond depicts scenes and landscapes from all over the world. From coffee shops, to still lives and models, to canals in Venice, Italy. Her paintings are nothing short of spectacular using bright, beautiful pops of color, cast shadowns and highlights, and depth. Certainly pushing impressionism beyond its boundaries.
Whether the subject matter is on landscapes or still lives, Impressionism can impact even the most critical viewer. It captures beauty in its rarest form with the freedom of an open composition and quick and loose brush strokes. The beauty is in its simplicity and abstraction that draws attention to the subject matter. It is no wonder this style of painting has lasted throughout time and history. Over the years, Impressionism has evolved into bigger and better things, yet still savoring the traditional origins of where the style derived from.
These modern Impressionists are so incredible, Baterbys Gallery is hosting an event just for them. The exhibit features the three artists mentioned above and runs until June 20th. Works by these artists are available for purchase at up to 50% off regular gallery prices. Exhibition visitors will be entered into a raffle to win a special framed lithograph by William Vincent Kirkpatrick. An additional special raffle for all art buyers will get a chance to win a set of hard cover books on Kirkpatrick, Duaiv, and Bond. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to experience the true beauty of the worlds that these artists have created!