Prompts for RWJ, Prompt 177


Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant

In Memory of Vivienne Blake

Mostly gray black then the piercing
orange. Dabs of impressionism.
The sun rose. We came to the knotted
edge of not knowing.
The bottom’s fallen out.
Submerged, but not crabby.
We groped reckless. All I know, you’re not
obliterated but fused,
into a mended crack.
There’s real electric.

Day 7 of July writing challenge and we have this picture which gave rise to the Impressionist movement. It was exhibited at the “Exhibition of the Impressionists” in April 1874, which was a retaliation by 30 artists, including Monet, Degas, Renoir, against the Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Initially used by an art critic to describe the hazy style of Monet’s painting, the term was taken up and encapsulated the start of the movement. Le Havre, a seaside resort for Parisians in Normandy, France, in the 19th century and the summer home of Monet, was the setting.


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