Art Movements

Thursday: What do these pieces have in common?

Thursday: Exploring Different Types of Art

What do these paintings have in common?

Top Left: Alfred Sisley (1872) an English painter.

Top Right: Vincent Van Gogh (1890, just before his death) depicts the garden of Charles-Francois Daubigny (a painter he admired). He painted the garden 3 times.

Bottom Left: Vincent Van Gogh (1887).

Bottom Right: Claude Monet (1889) French painter and this piece of work is part of a series of haystack paintings.


Top Left: Claude Monet (1890-1891).

Top Right: Claude Monet (1874) depicts his hometown of Le Havre.

Bottom Left: Salvador Dali (a Spanish artist, this is one of his earliest works, completed when he was around 6 years old).

Bottom Right: Mikhail Larionov (1904) Russian painter.

Top Left: Claude Monet (started in 1896 but due to bad weather it was only completed 1897).

Top Right: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1872) is a French painter.

Bottom Left: Claude Monet (1891) a series of poplar trees.

Bottom Right: Eugene Boudin (1874) French painter.


So now we are looking at 12 different paintings by 7 different artists from a variety of countries…….you might still be asking yourself what they all have in common?

As you look at these paintings there are a variety of subject matters. Some include people while others are landscapes. Some include elements of water.

These are all famous Impressionism Landscape Paintings…..

Impressionism started in France in the late 19th century.

Impressionist Paintings are known for easily seen brush strokes that are easily visible and colors that are often bright. They showcase life-like subjects in a broad and rapid style. Focus on the essence of the subject and less about all the details. Laid on impasto (thick) and colors are put on side by side with little mixing. Pure Impressionism does not use black paint but rather gray and other dark colors are made using other colors. Wet paint is applied on top of wet paint which softens the edges. The paint is typically opaque. The play of natural light is emphasized.

They typically paint outdoors (open-air painting or en plein air) which allows the painters to focus on changes in seasons, weather, and times of day.


Famous Impressionism Landscapes


National Gallery of Art


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