Le Pont de L’Europe, Gare St Lazare (1877)
So impressionism was all about capturing the fleeting play of light and color - to capture the moment in time spontaneously and accuratley. They (Impressionists) painted alot of plene air scenes where they would reject sitting in the studio and would stay out side and paint a scene from begining to end to capture the moment before it was lost. In addition, they often focused on the new bridges, factories, trains and boulevards that had recently been installed into the industrialized/ing cities. But anyway, I always really enjoyed this painting.
The modernization of Paris was significantly different than anything that had ever before been done at the time and it deeply affected artists/art because the world around them was totally different. Smoke from trains comes rising up and sifts through the open spaces between the steel ribs of industrial bridges which rest right above the new train stations. The loose brushstrokes and fast-paced spontaneous and almost blurry compositions, in many ways, reflect both the new world and the speed of trains. With trains suddenly you could get anywhere so much faster than ever before and all of a sudden capturing one moment in time was everso important because the world was moving too fast to smell the roses. FUN FACT: Monet had really bad eyesight and refused to wear glasses, so it also makes alot of sense that his compositions are so damn blurry, i guess he can always pass it off as amazing because impressionism all looked kinda blurry LAWL