Where the Impressionists Haunted the Streets

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It will be available in the Videos section, along with all the others

Daily Photo – Where the Impressionists Haunted the Streets

Montmartre, in the north of Paris, is a very artsy place and I would love to open a little photography studio there, even if it is a bit touristy now. I don’t think they had neon paint-palettes hanging in the streets when it was frequented by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and the whole cast of bohemian characters.

I’m halfway through a book now called “The Judgment of Paris”, about all these guys had to go through to get their paintings shown in the Salon. Old-school judges would only approve paintings that showed historical scenes and the moral teachings of antiquity. Consequently, dozens of today’s priceless paintings were stamped on the back with a big red “R” for “Refused”.

After the Impressionists’ paintings were refused by the selection committee, the artists would gather at cafes here, drinking wine that tasted of “mountwash and soot”, and lament about the state of the art, so to speak.

Where the Impressionists Haunted the Streets

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  • I enjoy your posts in which you tie history with the modern. I, too, love the Impressionist movement, and have read about the rigors of getting one’s work exhibited in Paris in the 1800s…

  • I’ve always love the way your lights come out.

  • Indeed, HDR imaging IMHO is the impressionistic movement of the current age…..but then, I am sure you agree!

  • I completely agree with Michael. Also, that book sounds so interesting. I’ll have to pick up a copy for myself.

  • G

    If you enjoy impressionist and history, you should read “The Masterpiece” by Emile Zola. It represents well the world they were in and what they had to go through.

  • Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to go back in time, Trey, when the Impressionists were there!!! I love this colorful photo, great job!!! I’m writing down “The Masterpiece” and adding it to my Amazon.com wish list, lol. That way I won’t forget about it. Thanks for sharing, G!! Hope your book party goes well in Austin, Trey, and it’s not “snowing” again. Texas has had more snow then we have in our valley!! Please give your Mom a big (((hug))) from me, wish I could be there, too!! But even if I could afford it, my calendar is just to full, ugh!! Praying her flights in and out of Denver go ok!!!!! Happy Sunday, all.

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot Trey – have always wondered what this looked like!

  • Facebook User

    Rembrances of another era. I lived for several years not to far from this very sight. Looking forward to your book. I do hope that you include Degas. His love of that etherial light. I have an old image of he took before he gave up photography for drawing.

  • Thanks all

    G – Thanks for the suggestion!

    Deron – I am listening to it on Audible.com — it came from a suggestion from Andy Ihnatko

    Facebook User – well Degas too of course… well… I start going down a rat-hole, naming off every artist from around then.. hehe. I am going back to The Met soon to see everything again!

  • Jack Rice

    Looking forward to the next video.

    Nice bit of history to go along with the photo, was a great time for art and change and development. I suppose it’s just been a big snowballing effect with more and more of the change and development and of course increased accessibility to art and creative creations, one of which we are utilising at this moment!

    Good photo, though the white lights glow are slightly burnt out, otherwise liking it.

    Hahahaha! “Murphy’s Irish Stout”… how very un-French 😛

  • Gary

    I really enjoy your work. I aspire for my HDRs to look half as good as yours! Would love for you to do a workshop in Wash DC…maybe an idea to think about?

  • Ash

    Beautiful. I can almost see Amelie Poulain in that photo…

  • This is amazing !!! There are also some streets in Camden Town in London that ressemble that. When in town I think it’s well worth some shots 🙂

  • Sami

    I love that picture, perfect balance between colors and composition.
    How do you manage to take night HDRs? I’ve been trying a lot, but moving people led me to work on single RAW photos, and most of the time the result is really disappointing (image noise, …)
    Any tips to help me?
    By the way your website is truly inspiring.

  • Oh I would love to walk down this street.
    You have a way of making the photos so warm and welcoming. I’m loving looking through your blog. 🙂

  • May I put some of this on my webpage if I include a link back to this site?

  • yes – use all you want as long as it is not for commercial purposes… just link back with credit

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