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By Pierre Courthion

The Impressionists constructed a brand new approach of seeing. They celebrated gentle and its results, looking to catch natural visible sensation. Turning clear of the weighty topics and darkish, sleek colours in their contemporaries, they introduced their easels outdoor and painted landscapes soaking wet in spectacular sun or shrouded in mist or twilight, nudes on the beach, streets bedecked with flags, dancing. Their technical means—delicate pastel colors, impressive colour juxtapositions, and, later, Pointillism, have been derided in the beginning by way of critics conversant in Classical and Romantic works, yet Impressionism has now turn into the main liked and wanted of all an types. No background of contemporary artwork will be written regardless of its progressive effect.

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1898-99 mounted on cardboard, 12% x 16J4". Oil on canvas Collection Count Arnauld Doria, Paris right: Albert Dubois-Pillet. Saint-Michel-a" Aiquilhe in the 1890. Oil on canvas, Henri-Edmond Cross. Grape Harvest, 25% x 14%". Musee c. 1892. Crozatier, Le Oil on canvas, 37 1/2 X 55". Snow. Puy Collection Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York MM Albert Dubois-Pillet. Riverbank Maximilien Luce. View of in the Seine Winter. 1889. Oil on canvas, I4 7 g x 19 5/8 Toward the Pont-JVeuf. 1900. Oil - Collection on wood, 5V4 x 8".

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