Impressionism: small brushes for great painters

Monet, Degas, Renoir, and the others…

The Impressionists have forever changed the way we interpret reality. Walking on the painting with their small footprints of color, we shown us the way for a new visual dimension, and they returned some of most important masterpieces of art history.

We have the curiosity to ask  us if the short brush strokes and small dots of paint that made possible the miracle, have been a prior choice on the part of the painter, or if they were an initial necessity that than became a style.

We start from the father of Impressionism: Monet. Looking closely at his paintings, it is easy to realize that the brush strokes are performed by a minute brush.

Brushstrokes are often parallel or crossed, which seem to want to fill an area, trying to give the impression that the color is as uniform as possible. Despite the skill and steady hand of genius, of course you see that the surface is made up of many small lines or points. Why not perform the same job with a larger brush? Is because Monet has continued to paint with the same little brushes he used when he was a children.

This is because he wanted to convey only his perceptions of the moment, without prejudice and without judging the scene. The Realist painters, for example, that impressionism is inspired, put theirs painting at the service of political issues. The subject chosen by the Impressionists, to the contrary, was illustrated with great ingenuity and thoughtfulness.

Monet maintained the attitude of a child, but with the hand of an adult. But his was that age when peoples was forced to grow up quickly, and Monet found in the brush he used when he was a child,  the link with his inner child. In fact, the painting that give the name to Impressionism, Impression, Soleil Levant, he painted during an holiday in Le Havre, the city of his childhood where all his impressions of childhood and adolescence are linked.

Then, the other impressionists loved the style, and interpreted it in their own way.

 To make a masterpiece not need a large brush, but a great brush.

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