You don't have to be an art major or even an art enthusiast to appreciate or be inspired by it (art). In my last visit to Dallas, Tx. I had about 3 hours to kill before heading out to the airport, so I decided to head out to the Kimbell Art museum where I heard they were hosting an exhibit on Impressionist art. No photography was allowed for that part of the exhibit but I did manage to take this one (above) and I'm glad I did because it's one of my favorites.
What is impressionist art? Well I'm going to describe it in the simplest of ways. Look out the window and count to 3. Now look down at a sheet of paper and imagine that scene all over. What pops out the most? How much detail can you get? That is most basic concept of Impressionist art. The idea was that they would capture the vibrancy of colors, the essence of the landscape or image and though there were not exact and close details, there was an "impression" of the mind that was captured. This was usually achieved by using small thin strokes that resembled contrast of dark and light colors.
I think by far, one of the most interesting aspects about art history is to get know the art piece by learning about the artist, their life story, and even discovering their dirty secrets! It's like E! News but characters from the past!
NOTE: I found this amazing lady at the museum and I just HAD to take a picture!!! HAD TO!! Look at who she looks like... Miss Iris Apfel! I wrote about her last time!