"Let's get out of here. The place is unhealthy. There is no sincerity." ~Claude Monet
Monet and Renoir were painting in the studio of Charles Gleyre. Gleyre had reprimanded Renoir for enjoying the painting process. He then admonished Monet for painting the model as he saw her instead of an idolized form.
Impressionism is about the artist's personal response to a subject. The artist becomes one with the subject, and while in that state of euphoria, doesn't see the subject or objects, merely spots and little shapes of color.
The goal of impressionist painting is not to create a finished painting but to express one's feelings about the subject.
The end goal of impressionism is to Become, that is, become the most powerful painters we can become. In knowing you are a powerful painter is peace and self-satisfaction.
|Figure Study from a Session at the Jepson Center for the Arts|
S. Lynne Price