It’s hard to believe that the Impressionist style, once mocked and insulted by critics is today admired the world over as the most coveted art forms. Impressionism managed to win accolades despite being mired in controversy and subjected to hatred in its own era. It was the creative voice that grew up in the streets of Paris way back in 1874.
Impressionism was a movement started by a group of independent artists called as the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers and others. These artists hosted an exhibition in Paris with its founding members that included revered artists like Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet. As a unified source they were an independent group away from the official annual Salon in Paris. The Saloon was a jury of artists from the Académie des Beaux-Arts that selected artworks and awarded medals. Other prominent impressionist artists include Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir Walter Richard Sickert, Berthe Morisot and Berthe Morisot.
Impressionism has today established itself as one of the most loved art forms. These reformist artist’s work is acclaimed for its sheer modernity. It was their tryst to challenge the established styles and teachings to incorporate ideas and technology to depict modern life in the most realistic way.
Hailed as distinctively the first movement in modern painting, impressionism originated from Paris and then spread its wing across Europe and the United States. The artists associated with this movement were not only discarded from the officially sanctioned salons or exhibitions but even shunned by the many art institutions and academia.
The Impressionist artists moved out of the comfort of their studios and set up base outside…painting the landscapes, surroundings and other scenes. It is a different style of painting where an artist captures an image or an object with a glimpse. The artist plays with loads of colors which are vibrant and bright. The challenge is to freeze those outdoor surroundings in the most picturesque manner.
The current crop of artists can only thank these reformists who carved a path for them. Creations of artists like Ganesh Panda, Sudip Roy, Prenita Dutt, Prashant Prabhu and Asim Paul are inspired by impressionism. Their artworks reflect the outdoors in a way that one would perceive it while moving around on the street.
Impressionism as an art movement is difficult to define but it sure has set the tone for a bright future for those artists who like to confront the established norms.