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Office Art
24 May 2012

I have identified six pieces of art that will be placed in the corporate office spaces within our building. Three of the pieces are from the 19th Century Impressionist era and the other three are from the 19TH Century Post-Impressionist era. There are two paintings, Charlottenlund Forest, by Peder Mork Monsted and Winter Landscape, by William Preston Phelps, and one Bronze sculpture after Edme Dumont. These are from the 19th Century Impressionist time (Monsted, 1908, Phelps, 1890).

The other three, from the Post Impressionist, are all paintings. Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees, by Vincent Van Gogh, and The Dining Room in the Country , by Pierre Bonnard.

These pieces of art fall into these two categories. The 19th Century Impressionist was a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s in spite of harsh opposition from the art community in France. Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter; the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience; and unusual visual angles (UNKN, 2012).

The 19th Century Post Impressionist extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colors, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary color (UNKN, 2012).

24 May 2012
To: CEO
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Subject: Office Art
CEO,
I have picked out six pieces of art as per your request. The first three from the 19th Century Impressionist period would be ideal for your personal office. The two paintings are of the wooded...
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