Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Impression, soleil levant

This work painted by Claude Monet in 1872, or rather the first word of its title - Impression, soleil levant / Impression, sunrise -, arrogance demonstrated by the French Academy of Arts, the decison of artists such as Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Pissaro and Renoir to exhibit their works in a Paris salon on April 15th, 1874 plus a mocking critic - and born was the Impressionism.

Great art ... is preeminently and finally
the expression of the spirits of great men.
[Martha Graham]

... and may I add: women. :)


  1. Thank goodness they (the artists) did for the world might never have know this great art form.

  2. Janice,
    sometimes I do wonder how many genii the world has not come to know, just because they resigned.

    actually, they impress me more than f.e. Beuys, Warhol and their epigones.