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Lasting Impressions

Once upon a time, long ago, there was a group of diverse artists who painted their impression of the world around them. They painted things like an empty chair, or sunflowers, or water lilies, or other common objects. They painted in ways that left the world with lasting visual impressions.

Through these innovative artists, the world discovered new ways to look at familiar objects. The Impressionist artists were very interesting characters, and some had tragic flaws. One Impressionist painter named, “Van Gogh” cut off his ear and gave it to a prostitute … or so the story goes.

Another Impressionist named, “Claude Monet” lived to a ripe old age and was still painting his impressions of the world on the day he died. A great female Impressionist painter named, “Mary Cassatt” gave her awesome impression of a woman and a girl being rowed across the water.

The Impressionist painters had names like Marie, Edgar, Henri, and Paul. Imagine for a moment that you were alive when these painters lived -- you might have heard about their work or even gotten to see one or two of their paintings somewhere. Most of them were not very famous in their lifetime, though.

Their paintings were not at all realistically rendered. The impressionists were different -- not like the conventional, classically styled painters of their day. Their paintings were simply impressions of everyday objects or scenes, viewed through the machinations of the artist’s mind.

What about your impressions? -- If someone holds an apple in front of you what will you see? Will your impression of the apple be the same as someone else's?. We each have our way of seeing things -- our unique impressions and perspectives.

You may think the apple looks delicious whereas someone else may see it as slightly withered. Maybe the apple is more green than red to someone. Maybe the shape seems a bit odd. An artist will paint it according to how he or she perceives it.

Suppose you’ve known a person for 20 years -- will your first impression of them always be the outstanding one? --Or will some incident in life happen to make an even more lasting impression than the first. Impressions are curious things.

To take a look at some of the marvelous Impressionist paintings of the 19th century, go online and type in Vincent Van Gogh, or Claude Monet, or Edgar Degas, or Paul Cezanne, or Marie Bracquemond, or just "Impressionist Art' for starters.

You just may get the impression that the Impressionists were pretty impressive artists.


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Congratulations are in order, you are a master writer and I am very impressed with the way you describe things. Wonderful! Cheers!

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  about 2 years ago

Thank you for the kind words, Andrew.

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  about 2 years ago

What a delight! Mention an artist's name, and your mind is invited to explore its own impressions of the artist's works. Your writing is an opportunity for your readers' to create an impression of you, Lewis, and that is a treat. Thank you! ( By the way, are you familiar with the Canadians, The Group of Seven?)

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  about 3 years ago

I think The Group of Seven started the first Canadian national art movement. They were landscape artists, right? ... My impression of you is that you are quite the scholar and quite wonderful :) Thanks for the great comments!

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  about 3 years ago

Yes, you are so right-landscape artists. You've made me think, about impressionism. If we did not have to differentiate everything, I would think that almost everything we do or think would be called impressionistic. How could it be anything but your impression of something or mine. You are such an inspiration.

  
  about 3 years ago

That was awesome, Lewis!

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you so much.

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  about 5 years ago

You tied that into websites nicely......I have always thought that....most things are up for interpertation and yours may be different than mine.....are you right.....or am I.....???

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Tim, my guess is that we're both right! :) Thanks for the comment.

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  about 5 years ago

Hey, Lewis I passed by to say hallo and to tell you that I like your article because it is rich and informative. Thank you

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Geoffrey! Thanks for passing by.

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  about 5 years ago

welcome

  
  about 5 years ago

Lewis, Your good attitude and perspective show through in your writing. Are you planning to write a book in the near or distant future? Jerry

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  about 5 years ago

I haven't considered it, Jerry. Author is kind of at the bottom of my list of titles. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  about 5 years ago

Definitely my favorite art period, I appreciate the article. Well done.

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you B.A., I recently read an article of yours, left a comment.

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  about 5 years ago
Joan S  

I love the impressionists. Thanks for another unique article Lewis. Always fun.

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you!

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  about 5 years ago

I always look forward to your next post, Lewis. You should be writing short stories.

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks Dave, I haven't been an author very long. I wouldn't know where to begin with short stories.

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  about 5 years ago

Lewis, Another great article. I am saying this seriously, It will leave a lasting impression on me. I am not an art expert, but I like what I have seen of the Impressionists. Jerry

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  about 5 years ago

Thanks Jerry, glad you enjoyed the article. I had fun writing it.

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  about 5 years ago
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