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ART THAT INSPIRES Art has the ability to captivate and move Many styles of art have motivated the people of that time and inspired them in the spirit of the artists Art leaves a lasting impression on the people of that time It takes a special style of art to last and continue to inspire people for generation after generation Some of the art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century continue to have that very affect Impressionism and Post-Impressionism remain two of the most influential art styles ever Likewise Monet an impressionist and Van Gogh classified as a Post-Impressionist are two of the most renowned visual artists of all time The Impressionist movement began in 1874 when a group of artists organized an exhibition of their unconventional art Within a few years Impressionism had revolutionized European art Cunningham 349 Although Impressionism at first seems to be completely abstract it is actually a form of realism Impressionism uses realism of light rather than realism of form They are interested in the way light changes the visual images of objects These artists looked at the world with an innocent eye and painted the colors that were created without blending them together Cunningham 349 This technique creates an instantaneous view of the subject of the painting The goal of Impressionism was to paint what is actually seen by the human eye and not what the brain interprets the images as In other words Impressionism is painting what is seen rather than what is known Impressionism differed from many of the art forms that proceeded it in one other way Impressionists were known for capturing the joy and beauty that exists in the world rather than focusing on the problems Cunningham 350 One of the artists that was present at the first impressionist exhibition in 1874 was Claude Monet In fact it was Monets painting of a sunrise titled Impression Sunrise for which
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