18 - How to Launch an Art Movement


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Want more FOH? Visit footnotesofhistory.com/join Shownotes at footnotesofhistory.com/18 In July of 1870, France - onetime cultural capital of the world - rather ill-advisedly went to war with Prussia, Europe's menacing new power. In the ensuing chaos, lives were turned upside-down... but what did this mean for art? The conflict erupted just as a gang of new kids had arrived on the block - The Impressionists. Their atmospheric take on everyday scenes and their quirky techniques outraged the old guard at the Salon. The established purpose of Art was to glorify and deify - anything from heroic battles to romanticised figures of France past. The Impressionists painted everything and anything and the Salon of the Second Empire rejected it almost automatically. So is it possible that an Emperor-toppling war, deadly siege and city rebellion may have done more to boost this new "Impressionism" than any other event? Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/footnotesofhistory/message

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