Joseph Conrad is remembered for novels like Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, which drew on his experience as a mariner and addressed profound themes of nature and existence. Conrad began his own literary career in 1895 with the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly, an adventure tale set in the Borneo jungles. Before the turn of the century he wrote two of his most famous and enduring novels. Lord Jim (1900) is the story of an outcast young sailor who comes to terms with his past acts of cowardice and eventually becomes the leader of a small South Seas country. Heart of Darkness (1902) is a novella describing a British man's journey deep into the Congo of Africa, where he encounters the cruel and mysterious Kurtz, a European trader who has established himself as a ruler of the native people there. Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness contain the signature elements of Conrad's writing: faraway settings; dramatic conflicts between human characters and the brutal forces of nature; and themes of individualism, the violent side of human nature and racial prejudice. Conrad was interested in showing "psycho-political" situations that drew parallels between the inner lives of single characters and the broader sweep of human history (biography.com).
Over the last two decades of his life, Conrad produced more autobiographical writings and novels, including The Arrow of Gold and The Rescue. His final novel, The Rover, was published in 1923. Conrad died of a heart attack on August 3, 1924, at his home in Canterbury, England (biography.com).
The reactions of impressionism
The purpose of Impressionism was for artists, musicians, and writers to branch out of the typical Religious pieces and focus on the world around them. Despite their work not being allowed in the Salon, the artists persisted. The work of portraits weren't as clear and defined of those of the Enlightenment period, however, they displayed more positive art. The critics defined Impressionist art work as just that, an impression of real art because they appeared unfinished. The music was calmer, more peaceful, revealing an emotion of peace and serenity compared to the bold, statement setting of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 during the Classical period.
There were many that were enthralled by Impressionism once the Impressionist artists were able to publicize their style, it evolved into Post-Impressionism. Symbolic and highly personal meanings were particularly important to Post-Impressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. Rejecting interest in depicting the observed world, they instead looked to their memories and emotions in order to connect with the viewer on a deeper level (theartstory.org).
Impressionists work often looked sloppy and rushed while the work of the Enlightenment period were completely finished displaying as much detail and care in the piece often taking weeks and even months to complete.
what is so compelling about impressionism
I was able to depict so much emotion in the art paintings. I was particularally drawn to Mary Cassatt's paintings of the mothers with their children. My children and I often take what is now referred to as "selfies" together. My phone and other devices have over two-thousand pictures and videos of my children. The photos I take of my children aren't always taken when they're paying attention to the camera and often when they are in motion, playing and growing. I know that they won't be little forever, they've grown so much already. Another aspect of the Impressionist period was that the art work may visually look unfinished and sloppy, but life can be messy and blurry too . The focus on the light and colors provides a sense of playfulness and I found the art to be beautiful. The critics may have not paid enough attention during observation, there are so many colors and fine line details in the art. It really has to be observed more closely.
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