“Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life” – Tate Gallery
It originated in France and Britain, however mostly in France, that’s where a lot of the other artists originated like Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, and Edouard Manet.
For a while I had a little notebook with Claude Monet’s “Poplars on the Epte” 1891, that I got from the Tate in Liverpool, I used to sketch in it, but it fell apart. When I was at the Tate when I got the book, I also viewed/saw Monet’s Lilly paintings, though I liked what I saw at the time back in 2015/2016, I think I have a greater appreciation for it now after having done innovative animation and methods where I’ve had to be quicker and more precise.
I feel like I can analyse and understand how Monet works from an artists perspective (though I’m no professional or critic) like how he’s used circular movements to capture the leaves on the poplars.
And I’ve used some of that quick observation that I’ve learnt to capture trees and buildings in my current project.
Impressionists during the 1860’s when the movement started, felt they could capture moments and transient effects of sunlight by working outside of the studio, working quickly in the open air with brushstrokes becoming more rapid and broken, however the results created a greater awareness of light and colour and the shifting patterns of nature.