Friday, March 30, 2007

Great Impressions

Our local art museum is currently exhibiting impressionistic art including Degas, Manet, Monet, Moisot, Pissarro, and Renoir. This is one of the featured items, by Edouard Manet entitled Moss Roses in a Vase. Pink is my favorite color, so I am drawn to this one! But notice the clarity of the water in the vase and the hourglass shape. Lovely, don't you think?

According to an article in our newspaper, art museums consider impressionists "great" for more reasons than one. Not only is it palatable to nearly every taste, this art lures more viewers to the museum than just about any other genre, which translates into financial benefits for the museum.

How much do you know about the Impressionists?

Here is a little quiz* to test your knowledge:

Match the artist with the fact about him.

1. Edgar Degas
2. Edouard Manet
3. Claude Monet
4. Camille Pissarro
5. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A. Lost a foot because of a circulatory disease that eventually claimed his life.
B. Painted a portrait of composer Richard Wagner in 35 minutes
C. Renowned for his infatuation with dancers
D. Refined his style while serving with the French military in Algeria
E. Known as the father of Impressionism who inspired Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.

(Answers: 1. C 2. A 3. D 4. E 5. B)

*Credit: Dane Stickney, World -Herald Staff Writer 3/25/07

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