The Impressionists: Claude Monet, James Whistler & Berthe Morisot

Essay by JulietteMorganCollege, UndergraduateA, February 2007

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During the 19th century, many styles of art emerged. The styles ranged from Neo-classicism to Romanticism. One style that stood out among all the others was Impressionism. In this essay I will discuss three artists and their works'. Claude Monet, who was named the father of impressionism, James Whistler, who was an American expatriate who compared his works to musical compositions, and Berthe Morisot, who used her family as inspiration. The paintings to be discussed will be Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies, Nocturne in Black and Gold; the Falling Rocket and Reading.

The first work of art to be discussed is Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. This oil on canvas painting was done in 1899 and was one of a series of paintings depicting Monet's garden. The different works in this particular series showed different aspects of light and also different views, different ways the artist saw the subject.

The subject matter of Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies is just that, literally. This painting is genre in the fact that this particular scene is something that Monet would have seen in his everyday life. He uses extremely expressive lines with a sfumato style and the intensity of the colors, is widely used with impressionist artists. This piece is also very representational you can see exactly what Monet has painted.

The second work is Nocturne in Black and Gold, the Falling Rocket by James McNeill Whistler. This particular work was done in 1875 and is oil on oak panel (Sayre H, 2006). The subject matter of Nocturne in Black and Gold is an image of fireworks over the Thames river in France. (Sayre H, 2006) This piece is representational but leans toward the non-representational in the sense that it is hard...