Renowned Impressionist Elena Bond Steps Into the Limelight at Baterbys Art Gallery in Orlando

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On March 9th, Baterbys Art Gallery – voted Best Art Gallery for two consecutive years by thousands of Orlando Style Magazine and Orlando Magazine readers – will have the honor to receive the well-known and acclaimed artist Elena Bond.

Impressionism emerged during the early 1900’s when a rogue group of artists decided to defy the traditions of the French art schools and salons, in particular, the Académie des Beaux-Arts (the Academy that dominated French art during the middle of the 19th century, known to be the relentless preserver of traditional French painting). Instead of painting the same content in the same styles, this group of off-the-grid artists depicted modern life in its transient, sensory and vibrant realities.
The Académie valued historical subjects, religious themes and portraits; preferred painting styles that suppressed traces of brushstrokes so as to conceal the artists’ emotions, personality and working techniques; and most notably, they encouraged artists to capture their subjects are realistically as possible, using somber and subdued colors.

Impressionists, on the other hand, deliberately went against this grain: they opted for images of the present time like landscapes  and nature, city life and “everyday” people; they expressed their identities through their loose and varied brushstrokes, often opting for more a “textured” surface; and they used vivid, bold and imperfectly blended colors to capture the sensation and perception one derives from a scene, veering away from “realistically”depicting the subject matter.  Their work received mixed reviews from the public, yet the most popular art critics were not too charmed by this group’s attempt to launch a completely different genre.

Today, any art historian, collector or just about any artist will not deny the impact these artists had on art as a whole. Through the Impressionists, there was a general shift in the attitude and philosophy toward art, having had become the impetus of many art movements afterwards that essentially endowed Modernism with its most fundamental values.

Baterbys Art Gallery in Orlando, Florida proudly partakes with the world in highly esteeming Impressionists by including in their collection the works of Elena Bond. After years of working in Eastern Europe, Elena and her family won the Green Card Lottery to the United States where she now continues the work of Impressionist masters.

Judging her from work, one can tell the pure influence of the early Impressionists: the current times come alive through her trademark brushstrokes. Scenes of life in the big city – cafes by the street, tall buildings amidst a throng of “wandering crowds” and the life lived by bodies of water such as roaring oceans and calm lakes – stamp her work with what is authentically Impressionist. All her subjects are constructed in a backdrop of blended bold colors that give off an energized feel and distinguished from the textured background only by the visually derived perception of light and how it lands differently on moving subjects.

Walking into Baterbys Art Gallery, you’ll find yourself welcomed by the impressive works of Elena. They are bold, charged with life and all bearing the same semblance of Monet’s, Degas’ or Renoir’s work – they are all exemplary impressions of the real, contemporary subjects they represent.

If you walk in on March 9, 2012 (Friday), you’ll even meet Elena herself. At 6 o’clock pm (EST), Baterbys Art Gallery will open its doors to the public that wants to “meet and greet” the world-renowned Elena Bond. It’s a chance to be mesmerized by some of her new work (the largest pieces Baterbys has ever exhibited and owned of the artist’s). More so, it’s your chance to get to know Elena up close and personally.

If you happen to view any of her Impressionistic artwork on this night, step back a little, squint your eyes and try to look at it from different angles to scrutinize the varying effects of the light as it casts a gradation of shades and tones on the piece. If people back then went through these steps, they would have understood the intention of Monet and his friends during their first collective exhibit in Paris.

When Impressionism was first introduced to the public in 1874, it had gone under a harsher light of scrutiny. On March 9, Friday at 6pm, Elena’s work will be viewed by a more enlightened public such as yourself.  If you decide to purchase a work of hers on this night, she may even write your name on the back of the canvas in her dedication to you, cementing your name in the lineage of Impressionism for the years to come.

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