There is something about impressionism that has made it a fan favorite in museums, galleries, and auction houses. Maybe it’s the use of bright true colors. Maybe it’s the mysterious faceless figures. Maybe it’s a combination of all of its components. However, when breaking down impressionist works or simply coming in close proximity to one, we are left to wonder how brushstrokes of separated color on a canvas become these grandiose images. If an impressionistic painting is made of patched colors placed side-by-side, what makes us see an image?
It is incredible that the human brain interprets flat lines on a 2-D canvas as 3-D objects. According to Patrick Cavanagh, a professor at Universite Paris Descartes, outlines tap into the same neural processes as the edges of objects that we observe in the real world. The individual cells in our visual system that pick out light-dark edges also happen to respond to lines.
So we can identify a combination of lines as objects, but what about human beings? It seems that from an evolutionary perspective we have always been trained to find faces in our surroundings. A baby finds faces in order to establish a relationship with a caregiver. Also, our primitive human ancestors needed to be aware of potential predators in order to survive. Because of this, we tend to find faces in our surroundings and as well as in images. In impressionistic works, like those by Edgar Degas, we make sense of color patchwork as faces and figures. In our everyday lives we all agree that this “:)” is a smiley face. We can compare cialis and viagra https://www.topcanadianpharmacy.org/viagra-vs-cialis/.
Cavanagh also explains that the part of our brain that recognizes faces is less engaged when the face is blurry. Meanwhile our amygdala, the part of the brain involved in emotions, responds more to blurry photos of faces. This may mean we are more emotionally engaged when the detail-oriented part of our visual system is distracted, such as in Impressionist works where faces are unrealistically colorful or sporadic. This explains why impressionist works trigger an emotional response from viewers.
Impressionism was a popular movement that originated in France in the 1860’s. Artists we still worship to this day like Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Mary Cassatt were the leaders of this new movement. Nature and its ever-changing light effects inspired the artists. They experimented with the combination of movement and light. They captured fleeting moments with a variety of brushstrokes and fragments of color dabbed side-by-side through the canvas rather than mixed on a palette. From impressionism many movements came to be. Some of theses include British Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Pointillism.
Today we have impressionist painters like Duaiv who are still tantalizing our minds in order to evoke emotions. The French painter’s use of bright colors and sudden brushstrokes bring out joy in the viewer. His landscapes and portraits depict his obsession with intense color. The influences he draws from, music and dance, are evident in his spontaneous brushstrokes. Baterbys showroom houses a beautiful collection of works by the artist such as the ones seen below.
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