You Wei: We are all brewing in the Impressionist School of Painting
For Western painting, we are still at the level of primary school students. Since the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China, most of our oil painting art only came into contact with Russian painting schools, which also had a qualitative impact on our Western painting. Several groups of oil painter after the founding of the People's Republic of China belong to Russian painters, but not all of them can be said to be so. Some painters who have studied in the United States and France have returned to China to bring the most advanced western art.
No matter what contemporary school of painting, there should be a shadow of Impressionism, and this is also the case with almost zero basic elementary school students in our country! In particular, since the reform and opening up, the Impressionism has rushed into our art education like a torrent, so that in the coming decades, we will train art talents to participate in teaching with the techniques of impressionism, which makes our post-70s and post-80s art students fully feel the soul of impressionism and grow up in the atmosphere of impressionism. The Impressionism also has a process from its start to its growth, just like the growth of our people.There was no Manet who was later considered as the initiator of Impressionism in the original foursome of Impressionism. Monet was really always there. That is to say, besides Monet, Sisley, Renoir and Bazier are also the first four members of Impressionism. They truly placed the studio outdoors, gradually breaking away from the influence of classical painting in a connecting way.
今日我們所閱看的畢沙羅早期的作品《河岸洗衣婦》似乎恰好能說明這個道理。首先這幅作品是畢沙羅創作于 1855 的現實主義作品。若是從畫面的畫風來看,的確與印象派早期的作品有相似之處。很多印象派畫家都是被楓丹白露森林的美景所吸引過去,在這群青年人中他們不想被傳統所束縛,大概也就是年輕人才有的叛逆才使得印象主義畫派醞釀起來。
So why did Manet and Monet later become the initiators of Impressionism? This is a very interesting question. In fact, the original foursome of Impressionism did indeed pioneer the behavior and purpose of Impressionism in the early stage, such as the emphasis on landscape, but the real form of Impressionism painting was revealed by Manet and Monet. That is to say, it was only from Manet that there was concrete and clear theoretical support for Impressionism.The early work "The Laundrywoman on the River Bank" that we are reading today seems to illustrate this truth. Firstly, this work is a realistic work created by Pissarro in 1855. From the perspective of painting style, it is indeed similar to the early works of Impressionism. Many Impressionism painters are attracted by the beautiful scenery of Fontainebleau Forest. Among these young people, they don't want to be bound by tradition. Maybe it is the rebellion of young talents that makes the impressionism school brew.
In a word, like the paintings of Barbizon School in France, Pissarro's early realistic works already have the characteristics of the early works of Impressionism. This is one of the reasons why we often find it difficult to distinguish between Barbizon's paintings or realistic works and Impressionism's works. In fact, these are not very important, and I usually don't have to distinguish them. In my eyes, people or works from that period were all regarded as Impressionist painting,Because the truth of history is important, but what I value more is the inspiration they have given us to art today. The evolution of Impressionism is generally like this. Starting with the change in painting objectives, followed by the change in painting techniques and forms, where color has officially entered the stage, followed by more profound changes, from objective light and shadow presentation to subjective color presentation.
Subjectivity is the objective stimulation of the human brain, and it is also the manifestation of each different inpidual. The Impressionist school of painting brings us the pleasure of breaking through the dust, freeing us from dogmatism and leading us towards warmth under the sun.