Chatter Post – Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Chatter by cedarwolfsinger

Good day, my fiery friends. Happy Friday! The month is half over, however did that happen? Our topic for the month is Reality. There are so many ways to interpret both the word and the concept it defines. Of course, that is what we are hoping will be explored with delightful results in the writings for the month.

For me, one of the most interesting ways reality is interpreted can be found in art. I have always been fond of the Impressionists, Monet being my favorite.

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Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), 1872, oil on canvas, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

I was poking at the Internet for a description of the style and found this which, I think, fits our monthly topic directly.

“Impressionism was a style of representational art that did not necessarily rely on realistic depictions. Scientific thought at the time was beginning to recognize that what the eye perceived and what the brain understood were two different things.” (http://www.theartstory.org/movement-impressionism.htm)

Perception does not equal understanding. I think one of the reasons the art world was so affronted by the work of these painters is that they challenged the accepted agreed-upon reality in art. (The sky is blue because we have all agreed that it is so.) I wonder if one of the reasons I *love* this style is because I have a much more fluid understanding of reality than the art world at the time the Impressionist movement began.

Is there any style of art you admire which you think particularly challenged reality? Please share with us!

I hope you are hard at work on writing about What is Reality?, #gowrite.

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4 Responses to Chatter Post – Friday, May 15, 2015

  1. t.s.wright says:

    There was a TV mini-series a few years ago that was really interesting. If you haven’t already watched it you should look for it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0496201/ It’s a dramatisation about the Impressionists and how they had to struggle to have their art accepted. Back then, it wasn’t about the eye of the beholder. The acceptance of an artist’s work came down to a committee who determined what was ART and what was a waste of paint. There were politics involved.

    I too am a fan of Monet, though I prefer his flowers. The Impressionists started bringing art down the road that eventually lead to Surrealism, which is where I like to hang out.

    Within the Surrealist movement I have a few favorites – Dali, Frida Kahlo, Yves Tanguy, Rene Magritte. But my most favorite is Remedios Varo. Her paintings seem to come from a dream pool that shows a new story every time the surface is rippled.

    Some of the other Surrealist throw symbols at you, or scatter them across a barren landscape for you to discern their meaning. Varo incorporates her symbolism in a way that raises your curiosity, but feels like a glimpse of a larger story. In my opinion, she’s a writer’s artist.

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  2. Love some Monet! That said, the Post-Impressionist work of Van Gogh is my all time favorite. His intensity with color and those fierce brushstrokes, I think, directly reflect the intensity of human emotion. As much as I aspire to write poetry, I’ll never succeed in translating emotional intensity without Van Gogh’s brushstrokes and yellows.

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