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The nineteenth century gave the world the movement that began the trend of artists offering magnificent impressionist oil paintings.  The word was coined after a critic gave a rather satirical review of a Monet art piece--after that it just stuck. 

Impressionist oil paintings feature very tiny strokes of the brush.  These types of artistic works also tend to focus on the luminescence of a scene and how it changes with the various seasons and even the various different times of day.  This basically means that things have a very different kind of lighting in the early morning hours as opposed to what the same things would look like at twilight or early evening or even midday.  Of course the lighting in the middle of summer is very different than what would be found on a winter day.  The passage of time whether in years or months is also represented in various ways by different impressionist artists.  This is all captured in distinct types of impressionist oil paintings in the many stylistic variances that make this movement so unique.

Another aspect to this style is that it challenges the composition rules that artists followed for many years.  Instead of head on and forming a triangle this more modern approach to composition looks at the subjects from a variety of angles that quite change the perception and even form of that object.  Everything looks a little different depending on the angle from which it is viewed and this style takes full advantage of that fact.

Impressionist oil paintings are still being created to this day.  This style of art has continued to be popular.  This movement began from what others in the art world at the time considered to be a rebellion against the academic rules of art during that particular period.   There were things that were practiced during this movement that most artists scoffed at such as not doing the work indoors in a studio but rather taking it outside.  This was mostly unorthodox at the time.  However, this changed the way that the image was seen by the artist and the way the rendering was viewed as a finished product.

This was one of the first times that artists had tried to capture life as it happened on a daily basis.  Before that, it was portraiture and still life imagery.  This new style captures movement which makes art more lifelike and unique—rather like photography evolving into video.
 
The artists who create impressionist oil paintings believe that the passion and emotion of the creation should be represented in the brush stroke.  This was in stark contrast to what was believed before.  Artists before this movement believed that everything should look realistic and that the strokes should not be detectable. 

This movement set the stage for many others that would follow it.  It changed the way that not only was a subject viewed by the artist but many other things as well.  It allowed passion to be openly displayed and it gave every viewer a very different take on the same types of scenes that had been captured in the past.

This new movement has influenced art in many ways—influencing even other art forms such as sculpture and ceramics.


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