All Photo Credits: Joan Oliver
Don’t you just love the Impressionists? Recently, I donned a very large, pink tulle skirt and a graphic tee reading “Rue St. Honoré” and strolled, or rather danced, through the Impressionist Galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
There’s something about the gorgeous pastels and the ephemeral nature of Impressionist work, those blended brushstrokes that magically capture the changing light of the day. And in terms of sculpture, the grace of Degas’ dancer in the MFA has always been an inspiration to me.
While we often, as a general modern society, group the Impressionist painters and sculptors and musicians with the Post-Impressionists, I don’t mind this, because I love them all equally, and they do relate to each other so closely.
When I was a student at Boston College, I majored in Economics and French, but I also studied Art History quite intensely. Every time I get to the MFA and visit with the artists, and the Impressionists especially, I feel as though I am reuniting with dear old friends.
The Impressionists may have rebelled against the traditional, expert art of the day (I see you, Papa Rousseau), but Impressionist works have such life in them; they are stagnant, yet alive, demonstrating the passage of time in a way that moves me. Louis Leroy, the critic who is now acclaimed with having coined the term “Impressionist,” purportedly wrote it in an antagonistic and satirical way about these artists. I believe he coined the phrase after viewing Monet’s piece, “Impression: Sunrise.” How interesting that a critic, an enemy, of this great art movement would ultimately give it its lasting name.
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Are you as moved by the Impressionists as I am? Have you ever been to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or would you like to go? Write back to me in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
Also, stay tuned for a giveaway coming up on my Instagram of a Museum of Fine Arts Impressionism Engagement Calendar and Planner! I have been using one of these since I was a girl, when my mom bought two MFA engagement calendars and gave me one, bringing me into the fold, so to speak. I couldn’t imagine operating without mine. A lady needs a proper engagement calendar, and the inspiration that the Impressionist works featured in the calendar provide is truly priceless.