Peace, Love and Harmony
Good grief! You actually travelled to see Impressionism art and you feel elated because each triangle closes as I suggested.
Each artwork you beheld spoke to you, and you alone. It is a phenomenon of inclusion that Impressionism art can do when you allow it to.
But you say something else happened; something with a burr and blur?
The edges in the art move in softness, as if filed and rubbed out and broken up.
Well, it is true; the edges do break up and vanish to hauntingly reappear.
The form edges in the art of Impressionism are ephemeron.
Impressionism shimmers playful light as if the angels of love have free reign.
Impressionism is for you to love too.
Then came bold Expressionism and the edges hardened, like the captured light of stained glass framed in a cathedral rose window. Expressionism harnesses light and wrestles control to imprison it.
Expressionism bruises the drama and will always try to dominate you.
Since we now live in a world where the control dramas of the current art styles are derived from Expressionism it will dictate.
Pockets of Impressionism do continue to resist the overbearing power of the brash dark trends swirling all around.
Sometimes I think to embrace Impressionism is a lost cause. Yet, often I am approached to show the ways of the atelier. Then I say, “It is your choice to find peace and love, to find harmony and to be calm, to be an Impressionist.”
Play Adagio and be touched by awesome Western art and appreciate our culture.
Embracing Classical Impressionism
Some artists identify with 19th-century Dutch painters of mood. I am one of them, an artist in the classical style of Impressionism. The ateliers I know practice ‘Grey School’ Impressionism.
Classical Impressionists create pictures that combine composition, fine drawing, lighting, colour, and skilled craftsmanship to express beautiful veracities about life.
From the Renaissance to the 20th century paintings communicated in a vibrant language of inclusive commentary. Impressionism is a part of that narrative.
Impressionism defines the interests and goals of painters who rebuff abstraction-ism and other art styles.
Post-Modernism art can leave the viewers confused and apprehensive, because it is unasked-for commentary about social and political issues.
Postmodern conceptual art claims the act of thinking about issues is sufficient. The audience isn’t needed because thinking alone makes the point, a poetic license.
Many 20th-century artists overturned the legacy that classical impressionists venerate, thereby marginalising the painters and ateliers that had once lead Western art.
The ascendant abstract painters jostled the atelier traditions into obscurity. Representational and impressionistic art didn’t matter that much anymore to the 20th Century.
What really matters is the sociopolitical agenda at universities, museums, and galleries since the mid 1900s. Artists jockey into conspicuous locations to shock and outrage their audiences with work reflecting more overt social and political meaning, a process continuing today and considered by Post-Modernists to be valid art.
Celebrity art by shock is the mainstream art establishments’ tactic now, as commented on as far back as 1914 by Kenyan Cox in his published essays called ‘Artist and Public’ (check out page 23 ‘shock-your-grandmother-school’ comment).
An equally valid view
I assert the equally valid point of view of painting in an impressionists and representational manner, and for you to desire acquiring sound skills is an acceptable aspiration.
Advocates of contemporary art of every kind will continue to align against the classical impressionists; it’s the fashion to do so. When I encounter the raw enmity to Impressionism I ask why, and then conclude that it’s about money and it is the power.
However the art world is a big place with room to accommodate everyone. There’s space also for craftsmanship and discipline, values of beauty, accomplished technique, and participating in self-awareness by embracing classical Impressionism.
You need faith, hope and charity, a triangle to close, and play Mozart or Vivaldi to be touched by Western Art’s greatest cultural achievements.
Each day of morning light is a celebration, a moment to realise Karl Marx and his followers are bad.
Open Content Menu:
- Zaadstra Art School – Welcome
- Open Access – Zaadstra Atelier
- Tales of the Atelier
- Preview: Modules 1 – 5
- Free Access: Materials No1 + 2
- Create Art on ‘Yupo’
- Kelpie Drawing: panel example
- Pieter Zaadstra – CV
- Zaadstra Atelier Newsletters Archive
- Zaadstra Art Web Site – Content
- The Charming Companion – Part 1
- The Errand Boy – Part 1
- The German Army Coat
- Our first studio in Australia
- Freedom from Fear
- I see things clearly
- Tattletales of the Ateliers
- A Different Conversation
- Quest for the Marvelous
- Lyrical ‘Tegenlicht’ Diversions
- Decay in the Great Game
- The Propaganda Machine
- De-spiritualisation of Art
- Art for Art’s sake
- Avant-garde of Niche
- Realism – Impressionism
- Fern Cove Trout – Progressive
- Quick Links
- Peace, Love and Harmony
- Who are those people?
- Agony of Cider Gums
- Variegation in the Light
- Narratives and Practice
- Control the Past
- Dull and Boring
- Strong Opinion