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Duncan Phillips begins his article by asking a very important question what does Impressionism in paintings mean Upon reading this I immediately felt that I had the correct answer to his question Impressionistic paintings are solely a reflection of an artists impressions on a particular subject matter but they are commonly painted in such a way to offer the audience an opportunity to see the subject matter in his or her own impression Therefore I feel the answer to his question lays within your individual self and that ultimately you would be wasting your time to try and answer such a question properly by academic standards With that being said it is without a doubt that there is bewilderment in regard to such a question like Phillips so casually expresses Phillips 1912 702 and I suppose in order to understand the Impressionist movement you must ask yourself what it all means and why it matters in the first place To prove my point Phillips offers a few unique definitions of Impressionism such as George Moores Impressionism penetrates all true painting and its most modern sense signifies the rapid noting of elusive appearancePhillips 1912 702 As well as the average well-informed mans definition that impressionism is a new fangled French way of painting everything light and airy and of spilling all the colors of the rainbow helter-skelter- into the same picturePhillips 1912 702 I agree with both of these examples of a proper definition which only proves my point that indeed impressionism lies within our own personal interpretation There is however something that Phillip points out that I full heartedly believe and that is that Impressionism is a brave beginning and an experiment in the evolution of realistic painting Phillips 1912 702 Throughout the semester we have studied the work of Degas Monet Cassat along with others who are considered to be the very definition of an
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