Impressionism

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9:53 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Art Review: Mary Cassatt and American Impressionism

Mary Cassatt's "Mother and Child" (1890) is currently in the Roland P. Murdock collection at the Wichita Art Museum.

In the late 19th century, Impressionist painting was the avant-garde style coming out of Paris. This style explored the formal qualities of color and light through loose brushwork and open compositions. Yet Impressionists painters, such as Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet, were not just painting pretty pictures. They depicted contemporary urban life in Paris, and the subject matter scandalized art patrons who were more accustomed to classical scenes.

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