Yvonne and Christine Lerolle Playing the Piano (1897) Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France.Jeunes filles au piano (Girls at the Piano) (1892) Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Musee d'Orsay, ParisThe Rehearsal (1873-78) Edgar Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
This Parisian school, represented by Manet, its founder, and which also includes Monet and Renoir, believed in describing nature according to colours, light changes and the feelings of the viewer, rather in the precise manner customary in the past. The impressionists painted the way in which reality is perceived by the observer, instead of "photographing" details as the realists did. Debussy, Ravel and de Falla also adopted this way of thinking and composed the so-called impressionist music, that uses less stable keys, emotional restraint, and made use of unconventional instruments such as the harp and flute (rather than the traditional orchestral string instruments), and unorthodox harmonies - all this, in order to transmit the emotional message without the romantic passion and overflowing expression. The sculpture Rodin legitimised impressionism by leaving his works incomplete from time to time, leaving some of the stone unprocessed. Being a leading artist, he could not be criticised in the same way the impressionists were scoffed at - as ignorant or unskilled - thus assisting his acceptance.
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