Throughout the years, art has gone through a variety of changes and dramatic transformations. In the old days, many artists liked to paint a single piece for several months, if not years. Although this was definitely an effective way to create a work of art, these methods eventually changed and took different paths. Of course, creating art, at a slow pace, is one of the best ways to create realistic images, which are nearly life-like. In most situations, this type of art is usually referred to as realism. On the other hand, there are some types of art, which doesn’t follow this approach and is looser.
When it comes to impressionism, the artist gives up the fine details and perfect composition, in exchange for dramatically colors. There is one specific guideline, which is always followed, when creating this type of art. The artist always strives to show the true light, within a specific painting. They go ahead and beyond to show the drastic contrast between the light and shadow, within their work. In many cases, this type of contrast is shown, by using juxtaposition of complementary colors. This will make the lights much brighter, while making the darks even darker.
On of the biggest differences of this type of art is the brushwork, which is incorporated by the artist. They’ll put great work into the colors and attempting to create an impression, but the brushwork tends to look loose, which some people would refer to as sloppy. In fact, many of the past impressionist artists were ridiculed for their loose brushwork. Their works were often referred to as uncompleted or unfinished. Of course, we saw that these artists would eventually get the last laughs.
During the era of the impressionists, the art world had gone through a major transformation, since the invention of new supplies, including tubed oil paints. This provided the artists with the ability to take their easels and other supplies outside and paint in the elements. With this in mind, these artists strived to be able to sit down and create a work of art, within a single sitting. In fact, many made an effort to improvise and speed up their painting process in order to finish the job, in a quicker manner.
Although there are many different new art styles, impressionism is certainly of the most popular. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of modern artists who paint in this general style, while incorporating the techniques and strategies of their former counterparts. Of course, the art world has changed dramatically thanks to new colors and mediums. The addition of impasto mediums makes it possible for artists to create thick impasto paintings, without worrying about a long wait, due to drying times. On the other hand, new colors have become available, which can provide the artist with a wider selection, without the need to mix colors. Even with that, many artists will still strive to paint, with a limited number of colors, while available black paint, which was a common trait of the impressionist art of the past.