Pomegranate’s Impressionist Masterpieces coloring book features 22 drawings based on paintings in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed. Click on the small picture to see an interior page.Introduction
Did you know that before the Impressionists created their new style of painting, French artists mainly painted pictures about historical events or made portraits of kings and queens and noblemen? Around the 1870s a number of artists began to try new ways of painting and new subjects, too. Using visible brushstrokes (something not done before) they painted hillsides, boats on the river, towns, and parks, and when they painted people, it was the people they encountered in their daily lives—town merchants, workers in the fields, family members. Both color and light were very important to the Impressionists. They tried to capture the way light appeared in a single moment—on water, on a tree, on a house—and how that changed the way colors appeared. One art critic, who didn’t like this new style, dismissed a painting as being just an “impression,” and that is how they got their name!
You’ll find 22 Impressionist paintings in this coloring book. They are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers. When you color in the line drawings, you might want to copy their colors, or you might decide to use your own. We’ve left the last page of this book blank so that you can draw and color a picture of your own. How will you capture an impression of your world? Can you use color in new ways?
Selections: Paul Signac, Women at the Well, 1892; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Young Girls at the Piano, 1892; Paul Gauguin, Arearea (Joyousness), 1892; Èdouard Manet, The Fifer, 1866; James Tissot, The Dreamer, or Summer Evening (detail), c. 1881; Henri Rousseau, The Snake Charmer, 1907; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Dance in the Country, 1883; Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, 1889; Paul Sérusier, The Flowery Barrier, 1889; Edgar Degas, The Dancing Lesson (detail), 1873–1876; Paul Sérusier, Still Life: The Artist’s Studio, 1891; Berthe Morisot, The Cradle, 1872; Georges Seurat, Port-en-Bassin, Outer Harbor, High Tide, 1888; Félix Vallotton, Misia at Her Dressing Table, 1898; Edgar Degas, The Racetrack: Amateur Jockeys Near a Carriage, 1876–1880; Vincent van Gogh, Imperial Crown Fritillarias in a Copper Vase, 1887; Frédéric Bazille, Family Reunion (detail), 1867; Théo van Rysselberghe, Man at the Helm, 1892; Paul Cézanne, Kitchen Table (Still Life with Basket), 1888–1890; Paul Cézanne, Portrait of Mme. Cézanne, 1888–1890; Alfred Sisley, The Moret Bridge, 1893; Paul Gauguin, Breton Peasants, 1894.
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