Impression Sunrise Essay

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Impression Sunrise




Impression, Sunrise
Towards the later half of the nineteenth century, many artists were pursuing new avenues
in their artistic representations. They were perturbed at the rigid and constricting
regulations of the Salon, and some artists decided to form and independent exhibition.

Cluade Monet and his friends founded the Société anonyme de artistes, etc. . . and
continued to pursue an alternative to the Salon. On April 15th, 1874 this group of
artists held their own show that directly challenged the authority of the Salon.

Eventually, Monet and his colleagues became known as the Impressionists which stems from
one of his works that was displayed at the first show, Impression, Sunrise. This painting
was hardly recognized at the primier exhibition, but has since become a very significant
work. Monet had just returned to Paris after the end of the Franco-Prussian War, and he
felt that the country was in desperate need of a resurgence of nationalism. His
painting, Impression, Sunrise, is a landscape of the avant-port of Le Havre which was the
second largest port in France. The depiction of a richly commercial location can be
interpreted as patriotic ode to a revitalized France. “It shows a site that all
Frenchmen would have been proud of and seems to celebrate the renewed strength and beauty
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