Paris Times April 16, 1874. .
As an art critic, I am required to view many disturbing objects whose creators insist on being named "artists". But
last night I had the misfortune to attend one of the biggest hoaxes of the century. Out of the 165 so-called
"paintings", there wasn't one passable work in the room. The most appalling outrage of all was a thing by a person
called Claude Monet. It was titled "Impression: Sunrise". A fellow-critic assumed that Monet must have created this
"masterpiece" by loading a pistol with several tubes of paint and firing it at a dirty canvas. A paint rag taken out of
the garbage can is more finished than this work... Louis Leroy, Art Critic
Crowds of people read this review and came to make fun of the art show held by the painters mockingly called
"Impressionists" after Claude Monet's much-maligned work. It is hard for us to imagine that a painting like Monet's
small seascape bathed in the warm pastel glow of a rising sun could attract such epithets. Today, the world of the
Impressionists, created in canvases filled with shimmering light, brilliant colors and happy scenes, is "hallowed
ground": to the art establishment of the 1870's, these images represented an unsettling disregard for the rules of
painting that had been evolving since the Renaissance.
Claude Monet and his fellow Impressionists did not set out intentionally to shock the art world, but it would never be
the same after them! In this session of GalleryTime we learn something of what it meant to be an Impressionist,
and we will explore the life and art of Claude Monet -- the most unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style --
and his friendship with Pierre Auguste Renoir.
|MONET - IMPRESSIONISM
Claude Monet - Boats at Argenteuil (1872)
Water Lilies (1907)
Pierre Auguste Renoir - Monet Painting in his
Garden in Argenteuil (1873)
Boats at Argenteuil
Monet Painting in his Garden