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December 23/30, 1998


JAMA. 1998;280(24):2058. doi:10.1001/jama.280.24.2058

The term Impressionism is often defined as the style of painting that originated in France in the early 1870s with the work of Monet and his associates. It was, in fact, a painting of Monet's, Impressionism: Sunrise, that gave the movement its name. But Impressionism is no more bound by national borders than is light. Nor can the term Impressionism be any more defined than light can be held in the hand. In a sense Impressionism is light—unstill, capricious, vagabond over the face of the earth. It becomes the shape of whatever it finds; it makes color incarnate. In an Impressionist painting it is light that is the subject. Light is also time, a fragile moment impaled on canvas by an artist's brush. A prime example of this universality of the Impressionist style is the work of the early 20th-century California painter Paul Lauritz (1889-1975).

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