COMD3504 - Section OL69 - Spring 2022

Angela Iacono-Discussion 11

  1. I love impressionistic paintings and I think it would be interesting to explore that particular art movement in greater detail. However, I’m aware that we must choose something from 1982 and beyond. So I will do more brainstorming in the future.
  2. I love the way the paintings look, they’re not always very clear but you get the impression of something. The impasto, texture of the paint, also stands out to me and the soft details of those particular paintings are interesting to look at.
  3. Claude Monet stands out and Pierre-Auguste Renoir as well.
  4. The designs can relate to the things we’ve read this semester.
  5. I think the rhetoric of the image as well as the reading from Ferdinand Saussure are the ones I understand the most and interest me the most.
  6. As of right now I do not have any theories regarding the impressionism art movement however, I do think that the paintings can’t be looked at objectively speaking. This is because impressionism paintings really rely on the viewer/audience to look at and think about what they are consuming. The texture of the brushstrokes showing and unblended colors means that there aren’t clear structures or figures in the paintings and that requires the viewer to add their own interpretation of what’s going on in the painting.

1 Comment

  1. Prof. Matthew C. Lange

    This is certainly an interesting starting point Angela. Though I must also admit that my first reaction is: “Hmmmm….”

    The influence of Impressionism on contemporary design is not quite as apparent as other art movements (like Surrealism, for example…if you noticed Sadman’s post). You don’t see much graphic design with a particularly impressionist look or feel to it. This may be due to the way we look at and interact with impressionist works, as you mentioned.

    Surely there are some illustrators who are inspired by and using impressionist techniques, though I cannot immediately think of any. You would need to do a little more research on that front.

    You might also think about some of the ways that Impressionism has crossed paths with graphic design or industrial design. I just ran a quick search and found that the Metropolitan Museum Store offers dozens of products including scarves, pins, greeting cards and tote bags featuring Monet’s work. Maybe there is something interesting in the mass production of these works? Is there a message that consumers hope to convey by wearing or using these items? Does the medium of a scarf change the message of the work?

    These are just some initial thoughts. I hope they help to get you thinking. Happy to discuss further!

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