2. No Use Of Black
Pure impressionism avoids the use of black paint. Greys and dark colours are obtained by mixing contrasting colours together.
3. No Mixing of Paint
Colours are applied side-by-side with as little mixing as possible, a technique that exploits the principle of simultaneous contrast to make the colour appear more vivid.
5. Influence of Photography
Photography made its appearance in the early nineteenth century and by the time of the Impressionists, technical advances had led to the development of the snapshot camera. Influences of this that can be seen in the paintings are the sense of capturing a fleeting moment, a snapshot of time.
6. Painting Outdoors
Thanks to the recent availability of pre-mixed paint, painters were able to move outside. In paintings made en plein air, shadows are boldly painted with the blue of the sky as it is reflected onto surfaces, giving a sense of freshness previously not represented in painting. (Blue shadows on snow inspired the technique.)
7. Japanese Print Influence
The influence of Japanese ukiyo-e art prints is evident in Impressionism in it’s asymmetrical composition and off-guard moments captured.
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