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BROKEN COLOR

It’s fair to say Maria Marino draws inspiration from the Impressionists. But these days, the term is used loosely enough to apply to almost all representational painters. Why? Because there seem to be two components — or at least two views — of Impressionism: a philosophical approach and a technical approach. The Impressionists were interested in using (often broken) color to suggest the feeling or experience of a scene — the artist’s impression of a place. To do so, Claude Monet famously laid down different colors adjacent to one another to allow them to mix optically in the viewer’s mind. For Marino, if such technical aspects of French Impressionism are not present, then the simple pursuit of depicting feeling and atmosphere is not enough to make something impressionistic.

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