Realism and Impressionism Movements
ART 101- Art Appreciation
Instructor Todd Leisek
May 23, 2014
This essay will be about Realism and Impressionism movements. Both Realism and Impressionism movement was in the 19th century. The differences between these movements are that the Realism movement was in the mid-19th century and Impressionism was in the late 19th century. I will discuss two pieces of artwork that was done in these movements. One will be The Stone Breakers by Gustave Courbet and the other one is called Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir. In this essay I will do my best to explain a little about how the characteristics and factors are reflected ...view middle of the document...
I have to say that the elements in this piece were very well distributed. One characteristic element I would have to say is the use of lines. There are several bold lines characteristically made into precise forms. The precipitous region was composed with big brushstroke and darkened quality that sinks two individuals down in segregation. The raggedy garments and the small amount of food that was place in the corner emphasis their poverty. The container of stones is far more than the youth’s power while the older guy exhaustedly bows down towards his knees to labor. His use of space was very well displayed keeping the main thought but still giving a symbolic setting. To me it did not look like there was a lot of texture or pattern in this piece. The colors makes this piece look very well accomplished and does not need any other elements to define the mood he has given. This piece of art work is very moving and deeper than I would have thought just through the elements demonstrated. Not only the elements were used very magnificently but the principle of the art he used to create this masterpiece.
The social impact of Realism on the people of the 19th century was that the working class and other common people gained a voice in art, literature and history. From the previous times, art mainly focused on the rich and powerful, but Realism focus on the common people, therefore making them feel empowered. Gustave works were aimed at the social issues that plagued France during this time period, such as the extreme poverty that was present everywhere. Gustave unfortunately does not make any religious points on his painting. He tried to show political learning as well through his choice of lifestyle. Gustave designed everyday individuals in effort to depict the French people as political beings.
Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette was also made from a French artist. His name was Auguste Renoir. He was famous for portraits that were real life, actual real places that included friends and professional models, and landscapes. Most of the subjects of his paintings though were pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes and women. This painting was done in 1876 which will make this painting to be about one hundred and thirty eight years old. This was a fairly new art style during this time period therefore making it very popular. This piece of artwork was one of 21 of his works.
This painting itself was an oil portrait on canvas. Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette showed a richness of form and a fluidity of brush stroke. If we look at this painting in a whole, the picture showing before us was a typical Sunday afternoon. It was a dance which was frequently held in the late 19th century....