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Impression, Sunrise

Written by: Katie Ayres

December 21, 2022

I find this painting mesmerizing, I just feel like I am there, in another space and time. It is amazing that it is the painting that coined the term Impressionism.

Impression, Sunrise (FrenchImpression, soleil levant) is an 1872 painting by Claude Monet first shown at what would become known as the “Exhibition of the Impressionists” in Paris in April, 1874. The painting is credited with inspiring the name of the Impressionist movement.

Wikpedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impression,_Sunrise

I’m not sure where, but I saw a discussion about how, if you take out all the saturation, many details fade away. This shows Monet’s genius, the ability to invoke depth and objects with only color. For fun, I created this video which fades from the black and white version of the painting, to the painting in color.

It is so much fun the way the sun appears out of nowhere.


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