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A new work on impressionism cant claim to throw new light on a subject which has been repeatedly and thoroughly discussed and written about Attitudes toward and ideas about art like everything else undergo changes modifications and shifts of emphasis Today we look upon the impressionists not only as revolutionaries who defied the academic traditions of their age not only as the successors of Delacroix Courbet and Corot but also as the prophets and precursors of modern painting Impressionism heralded a new attitude toward art The impressionist in overthrowing the old gave birth to a new tradition The spirit of youthful creativity fired impressionism Never before in the history of art had a group of young inspired painters be friend each other worked together so fruitfully and eventually represents nothing more nothing else than the history of theses friendships which painting as its common denominator In 1859 the young Claude Monet came to Paris a bit lost but full of enthusiasm Soon he was to become the master He had met the already established marine painter Bounden in Le Havre and the friendliness and honesty of the old painter had soon won him over He needed Boudins advice study learn to see and paint do landscapes The ocean and the sky animals people and trees The Ocean and the sky animals people and trees- just as nature created them- are so beautiful in their own setting of light and air just as they are---All that is painted directly at a given moment has a force power and vitality which can never be duplicated in the studio Mathey 39 Monet went out into the country of France To him the treasures of nature seemed far more precious than those enclosed within museum walls He took his friends to Chailly on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest near Barbizon This flight from the city led to the first encounter
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