Appreciating many of today’s masterpieces includes taking a closer look at the movement that brought the world French impressionist paintings. Fine lines, common subject matter, and visible brush strokes all combined to bring about this once controversial and under appreciated style. But figures such as Monet and Degas insured that their style of work would find a place in many homes and museums around the globe.
Housed in Washington, D.C., “Dancers at the Bar” is just one of Edgar Degas’ many works. Ballet dancers prepare for a recital in this elegant work of art with its vibrant and unique blend of reds and blues bringing a specific moment in time to life. While Degas’ work titled “L’Absinthe” depicts an early century woman sitting in a bar, the subject almost seems to have a look of melancholy forcing viewers to ponder why the woman looks so sad.
Other pieces of art by Edgar Degas are as vivid and realistic as life through Degas’ eyes. “Woman in the Bath” and “Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers” are additional popular works by this famed artist.
Housed in the heart of Paris, “La Robe Rose” is an excellent example of the work by Frederic Bazille. Bazille is known for the placing of the subject matter into a specific often surreal landscape. Bazille was a skilled painter that died on the battlefield at the age of 28 leaving many appreciators to wonder what future French impressionist paintings would have looked like by this skilled man.
Talent and an eye for detail are a necessary part of becoming a master artist. Many famed artists are only recognized for greatness posthumously. But what is left behind by those artists can be explored online, in museums, and at exhibits throughout the world feeding the need for superior French impressionist paintings.