An exhibition is to be held at the Aberrant Art Gallery, Seabreeze Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida next month, and the exhibition will have some of the greatest exhibits ever collected and shown in one place. What makes the exhibition so attractive is that it will have for the first time, paintings of some of the finest artists ever. Also, the Art Gallery is about the best place to hold the exhibition because of its location, and picturesque landscape. Wouldn’t it be excruciatingly unimaginable to have some of the greatest works of artists of the nineteenth century, worth millions of dollars, showcased just before your eyes? You could be one of the few thousands who have the chance to see these masterpieces in person. Some of the arts going on display are those of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisat, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Caillebotte, and Lilla Cabot Perry, representing the Impressionists, while Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, René Schützenberger, and Ștefan Dimitrescu will be representing the post-impressionist arts. This exhibition, which is billed to run eight-days due to public demand, will forever remain embedded in the visitor’s mind. This will be the only time that art lovers will have the chance to see all their favourite artists under a single roof, and experience how such famous personalities saw life through their yes. Experience what those geniuses’ would have thought and experienced, as they moved their brush over canvas. It is perhaps the only chance you will have, to go back in time, and see what life was like in the nineteenth century, and feel the exhilarating thought of being part of that historic day when these paintings were being done. Now for those of you, who have no idea who, or what Impressionists represented, the simple answer would be to say that Impressionists were those artists of the middle- and late nineteenth century, who glorified life and nature through their paintings.
Paintings are known to express, or reveal the inner thoughts of the artist. Europe was center of Art & Architecture, and Western Europe in particular was the center for excellence. Right from the Renaissance period, artists began to experiment with themes and styles, and art had a new meaning. The artists, who followed the Renaissance era, began to experiment, and while early paintings focused on portraits, toward the middle and late nineteenth century, this trend changed, and there emerged a new set of artists, who looked at life in general and postulated themes that depicted life as it were. It was during the middle to late nineteenth century, that a group of painters, who called themselves the impressionists, spent a lot of their time painting the outdoors in bright, strong colors. For them, art was a means to depict everyday life, and they added bright colors to give their image life and vibrancy. They believed in modernity and most of their paintings looked like as though they were incomplete. Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), an American, who spent time in Paris, was an Impressionist artist.
The painting to the left, ‘Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly,’ is a portrait of her sister, Lydia Simpson Cassatt crocheting in their garden in summer. The remarkable use of dark colors captures the imagination of the viewers, while she has not lost sight of giving importance to her sister. The painting reveals a great deal about the time the
[Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly, www.metmuseum.org]
painting was done, and also, shows Lydia attending to her knitting, in anticipation of the coming winter.
Post-impressionists, as the name suggests, were those set of painters who came after the impressionists, and rejected their limitations. They believed in breathing life into their painting, and were very expressive. They differed from Impressionists in that; they looked to the future, while Impressionists stayed in the present. The name of Vincent van Gogh, an eccentric, but brilliant painter from Holland, is world –renowned. Vincent was able to bring his characters to life, and gave a lot of importance to them. He used his paintings to show the misery and dilapidated lives of his characters, and he painted the destitute and prostitutes with whom he spent much of his time. The portraits of prostitutes, scanty buildings that housed restaurants, people harvesting in the field, and people eating together, stood testimony of Van Gogh’s search for salvation. The painting of the ‘Potato Eaters’, shown on the left, showed his mastery over canvass.
When compared to the painting of Mary Cassatt’s ‘Lydia in the Garden,’ Van Gogh’s ‘Potato Eaters,’ is a complete contrast. Notice the dark thick colors that Van Gogh adds to his painting. He used the dark shadows to express the struggle of the family, as they
[Potato Eaters, designercityline.wordpress.com] sat under a dimly lit light, eating their hard earned food for the night. The expressionless, remorse faces tell the tale, and it was through his painting that Vincent Van Gogh elucidated his philosophical intent. Van Gogh was able to bring to life his subjects by adding hick layers of darkness on and behind his subjects. For Van Gogh, his subjects were those who prayed for salvation, and by showing them; as in the Potato Eater, sitting around a table, eating their mashed potatoes, signified reward for hard work. Paintings such as this, illustrate the mindset of the artist, and this is something that visitors to the exhibition will be able to see and admire.
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Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly, Retrieved March 30, 2014, from http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/65.184
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