|DAY 143||ART THROUGH THE AGES|
TO CAPTURE TRANSIENT BEAUTY
Brief moments in time that sparkle with beauty and then are gone: that is what the Impressionists sought to capture.
When the Impressionists hit the scene, Paris was the Western art epicenter. The annual art show, Salon de Paris, could make or break an artist’s career. Polished, academic history parables were the style. Impressionism was a radical and unwelcome break from that mold. Critics detested the relative sketchy quality of their paintings. The term “impressionist” was given as slander since the work was seen as unfinished, a mere impression. The general public ...