Contemporary Impressionist

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A term used to describe works created by contemporary artists that share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. Whether depicting urban environments or the natural world, all of the images that can be considered Contemporary Impressionist are rendered with loose, expressive brushwork and focus on the effects of light. Like many of the Impressionists, Nancy Friese painted her watercolor Walk to the Sea (2012) outdoors, or en plein air, in order to better capture the effects of changing light and weather on the landscape. With its emphasis on the effects of fading daylight and the illumination from the stores and streetlights, the downtown Boston marketplace in John Terelak’s painting, Faneuil Hall, could easily be mistaken for 1880s Paris.

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