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By Pierre Courthion

The Impressionists constructed a brand new approach of seeing. They celebrated mild and its results, trying to seize natural visible sensation. Turning clear of the weighty topics and darkish, sleek colorings in their contemporaries, they introduced their easels outdoor and painted landscapes sopping wet in miraculous solar or shrouded in mist or twilight, nudes on the beach, streets bedecked with flags, dancing. Their technical means—delicate pastel colors, fabulous colour juxtapositions, and, later, Pointillism, have been derided firstly by means of critics conversant in Classical and Romantic works, yet Impressionism has now develop into the main liked and wanted of all an kinds. No background of contemporary paintings might be written irrespective of its progressive effect.

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Collection Mine (Jinette Signac, Paris The Medardo Rosso. The Golden Age (L'Eta d'Oro). Wax over plaster, height Hirschhorn Museum 1886. 17". C. appeal in the future than at present for the great bulk of visitors. This to be the case, 13 the Tuileries. 77 of Seurat, Signac, Dubois-Pillet, Angrand, Cross, as group was henceforth to open Georges Seurat. Portrait of Signac. 1889-90. Conte crayon, works displayed was room contained questionable, one dazzling De- open exhibition, which 15 in a barrack set If the value of in was others, of the only truly Impres- Medardo Rosso, "painter with a chisel," whose sensitive Italian without brushes, painter touch brought forth forms of an almost misty smoothness from the Almost appearance — wax or clay.

70 in its last years does this daring palette grow colder, the acetylene sparkle of his nocturnes of the circus. In its entirety, the work of this "big, boy who concealed the sweetness of apostle's beard" died) is timid, stubborn a girl behind his (he was not yet thirty-two the taking possession of space by a when he swarm of Georges Seurat. The Artist in His Studio, c. 1 884. Black corite crayon, 12l/2 X9". Philadelphia Museum of Art. A. E. Gallatin Collection 45 i -t . Charles Angrand. Man and Woman Oil on canvas, 15 x Pointillist dots, dense haloed.

Cit. Blanqui and Feneon, Renoir was yeux" ) was coined by Marc Collection conse- Luce were anarchists who read Kropotkin and admired Degas ("e'cole des Sizeranne, op. la Impressionists? f. Criticism, Vol. IX, L' Impressionnisme, 30 letter de Montifaud, in L' Artiste, to describe the 12 Francis tween the Bracquemont, written and Art December, 1950. d. presse, Paris, 1959. 11 2, in the (Bibliotheque Nationale, Les Questions Oscar Reutersvard, "The 'Violettomania' of the Impres- No. 29 See Erich Koehler, York, 1950.

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