I have always been fascinated by the Impressionists. I finally got to go see some of their work in person at the National Gallery of Art and found that they weren’t as hard to understand as I had thought.
The paintings were scattered around the gallery, each one trying to capture a different moment in time. My favorite painting was “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” It was an early work done in 1884-1886, full of color and movement, with people going about their daily lives.
This is a blog post about impressionism for those who think it’s too hard or complicated to understand – because it’s not!
To summarize this blog post: The Impressionists were trying to capture moments in time, and they wanted you to be able to explore as many of those moments as possible. That’s why their paintings are all over the museum at once.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) is my favorite painting because it has so much movement and color in a relatively simple-looking scene that I can relate too – people out with friends or family enjoying themselves on a sunny day.
The colors seem alive! This is an excerpt from “Impressionism: All Around You” by Martha Smith. To read more about Impressionism, visit our website at __.