Sunday, January 20, 2008


I have been working on Sabrina's dress all day (cutting out the lining and the actual satin pieces) and HAD to take a break. Inasmuch as I am just getting ready to begin painting the background for my Van Gogh "Iris" art quilt interpretation, I decided during my break to do a bit of research on impressionism.
"The word impressionist was first used mockingly by a journalist to describe a painting by Monet in 1874 entitled Impression: Sunrise. Many artists recognized their style in the word "impressionism" and continued to use the term. Impressionist painters are highly respected today for their talent and innovative genius. Most impressionist paintings were painted between 1867 and 1886. The impressionist movement was touched off by painter Edouard Manet's Luncheon on the Grass, which was exhibited in 1863. Manet himself was not an impressionist, but his work influenced a group of painters who rejected the conventional techniques and concepts of painting. This group, consisting of Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Armand Guillaumin, and Frederic Bazille, did not see a painting as a fixed record of an object or landscape. Instead, Impressionist painters tried to capture a moment in time because objects and landscapes look different at different times of the day. "
Again I am faced with interpreting "impressionism" with fabric (silk dupioni, organdy, burlap and batiks) -- a technique I found difficult as evidenced in my posts about the previous "art slice" quilt I did. How do you blurr the clear cut lines of a piece of fabric?? An interesting challenge and something I am going to think about for a while.
Well, back to work on Sabrina's dress I go.


Wurzerl said...

Hi, I' m back to tell you that I saw your Iris post. In this post I see my favourite picture of Impressionism!!! In some weeks I will show in my blog Monets Garden in France. (Without Iris)!
Thank you, that you take me in your link-list! I do the same with your link. (Help, I must learn very rapid a better English!)
Best wishes Wurzerl

Nikki said...

Good luck in capturing a Impressionist painting. My best advise would be to capture their spirit and I'm sure it will fall into place.

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