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Četvrtak, 09 Septembar 2021 10:46

The First Exhibition of the Impressionists was a bit of a bust Istaknut

Caricature on Impressionism, on occasion of their first exhibit, 1874 Caricature on Impressionism, on occasion of their first exhibit, 1874

By 1874 the group of younger artists called the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers that would become known as the Impressionists had been trying to achieve recognition by submitting their works to the annual Salon (exhibition) held by the Academy des Beaux-Arts for over a decade in an old studio that belonged to the famous photographer Nadar. Its founding members included Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissarro, among others. But the exhibition was a bit of a bust although 3,500 people came, most attended to sneer and scoff at the works on display. Art critics did not take it seriously, and the newspaper critics were remarkably hostile.

For most audience and art critics, the bright colors of the paintings were shocking and vulgar, their compositions were strange, their short, slapdash brushstrokes made their paintings practically illegible. Why didn't these artists take the time to finish their paintings, viewers wondered? While the other works were equally controversial, they were particularly bemused by Claude Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise - especially its title. Monet's painting garnered a great deal of scathing criticism from the public who believed it to be an unfinished piece of work. Art critics were divided, with some flatly panning the work for its unfinished appearance. Other, more progressive, art critics praised it for a modern approach.

Louis Leroy, an art critic for the French satirical newspaper, Le Charivari called his nasty, satirical review of the exhibition, Exhibition of Impressionists, which was inspired by Claude Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise. It was a funny article in the form of a dialogue between two visitors, bewildered and appalled. He wrote: “Impression - I knew it. I was just saying to myself, ‘if I'm impressed, there must be an impression in there’... And what freedom, what ease in the brushwork! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more labored than this seascape!” He used this expression in a mocking sense, but it was later accepted by the painters themselves, and in 1877 the Association exhibited under that name.

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