Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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C U LT U R E Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, Distracted Charles Iarrobino, Winter Morning in Venice The Impressionists Are Coming! M Gallery will host the 14th Annual American Impressionist Society Show BY ROB I N HOWAR D I n the late 1800s a scandal of such magnitude was rocking France that we would feel the effects a century and a half later. In Napoleon's Paris, the subject of proper art was history, religion or important people. Proper art meant a conservative palette, no emotions and no brushstroke shenanigans that would identify the artist. But a group of radicals really stirred things up when they literally started painting outside the lines. They were also creating 206 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 a kerfuffe by using bold colors and loose brushstrokes to capture landscapes and still lifes. They were—gasp!—expressing themselves. I know what you're thinking: "Il n'est pas fait! This simply is not done!" Renegades like Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir held fast to these bold new techniques that embraced emotion, sunshine and color, even through years of harsh criticism. Fortunately, the commotion eventually died down and impressionism became a much-loved and respected artistic style all over the world. The American Impressionist Society (AIS), the only group in the United States solely dedicated to impressionism, celebrates that style today by promoting, educating and unifying impressionist artists and art lovers. One of the ways they do this is through an annual art show that showcases the best of American impressionism. Founding members Charlotte Dickinson, Marjorie Bradley

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