Read the paragraph about Renoir:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s early work truly embodies the Impressionist style. Throughout the 1870s he worked with Monet studying light and movement, using broken colour to emphasis the sunlight hitting an object. "The Swing" is a great example of a painting that captures the essence of Renoir but also strongly embodies all the Impressionist features; light colours, delicate brush strokes and contrasting light and shadow. After he spent some time in Italy in the 1880s viewing classical and traditional art, he turned his attention to portraits and painting people rather than practising the plein air technique. This is often called his ‘Ingres Period’. Later on in his life he went back to using the thin brush strokes of the more typical Impressionist style, although he is often more abstract than many others.
Work in small groups. IMPRESSIONISM QUIZ. Answer True or False. The group that guesses most correct answers is the winner.
1. Impressionism began in France when a group of young and talented artists decided to rebel against the established art critics.
2. Impressionists wanted to capture a moment in time. Critics said that their work was merely "impressions" of reality and the name stuck.
3.The Impressionist movement began in the 1760s and became most popular in the 1770s and 1780s.
4. The Impressionists wanted to capture a moment in time.
5. They were more concerned with the light and color of the moment than with the details of objects they were painting.
6. They often painted outdoors and worked quickly to capture the light before it changed. They used rapid brush strokes and often used unmixed color to save time. They used unusual visual angles and common everyday subjects.
7. When a critic called the art "impressions", it was meant as in insult.
8. The established art community was outraged when the young Impressionist artists held their own exhibition in 1874.
9. Their paintings were perfect reproduction of nature.
10. Many of the artists fled from France to England during the Franco-Prussian war.
11. Impressionists often painted the same view or subject over and over trying to capture different moments in light, color, and time.
12. By the late 1880's Impressionism was very popular and many artists throughout the world were taking up the style.
3. F The Impressionist movement began in the 1760s and became most popular in the 1770s and 1780s. False - 1860s, and popular in 1870s and 1880s.
9. F - They were impressions, not reproductions.
Watch the movie segments and discuss the questions.
1. What characteristics of Impressionism can you see in the segment?
2. How did Renoir's seeing difficulties interfere with his work?
3. What kind of models did he have?
4. How did you imagine Renoir use to paint his picture. Was it anyways similar to the way shown in the segment?