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Impressionist Berthe Morisot
Artists create the Impressionist effect by using solid, visible brush strokes of alternating color. You know you are looking at pure Impressionism when these brush strokes dominate the entire composition. There is no attempt to hide the strokes because the details of the subject are not important. The mind is what mixes colors together and forms patterns. The emotional response to viewing an Impressionist painting will depend on the viewer's past experiences—it will more strongly evoke the feelings of actually being there than a photograph will. The subconscious seems to quickly uncover a photograph's true nature, but all too often it is fooled by a good Impressionist painting.