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The Beginning of Post-Impressionism

Roger Fry, an English artist and art critic, organized the first Post-Impressionist art exhibit, Manet and the Post-Impressionists, at London’s Grafton Galleries.  The landmark exhibition, which took place in 1910, was the first to introduce the British public to works by Cézanne, Gaugin, Manet, Matisse, Seurat and Van Gogh.  The exhibition, though somewhat a disaster, was one of the most important moments in modern art. Roger Fry coined the term Post-Impressionism to describe the development of French art since Edouard Manet.  Post-Impressionists rejected the limitations of Impressionism.  They used vivid colors, thick paint application, distinct brush strokes and real-life subjects just as the Impressionists but they were dissatisfied with the …..

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St. John the Baptist by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Caravaggio produced at least 8 paintings of St. John the Baptist.  One of them, John the Baptist, Youth with Ram, is on loan from the Pinacoteca Capitolini in Rome, where it has been since 1750, and is currently on display in the crypt under the Cathedral of Siena.  In this Caravaggio painting, a young John the Baptist is seen partially reclining with one arm around the neck of a ram, his head turned to look at the viewer.  The pose of the young man is one imitated from Michelangelo’s famous Ignudo found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, most likely an inside joke for those in the know. It …..

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Luncheon on the Grass a Monumental Work by Claude Monet

Inspired by Édouard Manet’s masterpiece by the same name, Monet began his own Luncheon on the Grass in the spring of 1865.  He planned this large scale painting to be a canvas of over four by six meters (about 13’ x 19.5’).  Monet began sketches for the painting while in Chailly and started on the actual canvas when he returned to his Paris studio in the fall.  Bazille and Camille was painted en plein air in the Fountainbleu Forest as a study for the final painting, Luncheon on the Grass.  Monet had hoped to finish the large scale painting in time for the 1866 Salon but was unable to complete …..

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