Réhahn’s “Memories of Impressionism” collection is an homage to the masterful works and philosophies of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists from 19th-century Europe. The groundbreaking photographs blur the line between photography and painting by adding the impression of texture and brushstrokes achieved through the creative use of reflections, light, heat, and other natural elements.
Like Réhahn, the Impressionists worked en plein air (in the open air) and they infused their paintings with emotion by utilizing color theory. Réhahn’s Impressionist photos are filled with historical context behind the tranquility and beauty of the images. They borrow philosophies from the Japonisme movement that overtook Fine Art in the late 1800s. Artists such as Degas, Van Gogh, and Monet were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and the boundary-pushing Japanese style of tightly cropping their subjects, using asymmetry, and a bird’s eye view to offer different perspectives to their work.
Réhahn’s Impressionist photos depart from the two-dimensionality of photography and appear like oil paintings on the wall, complete with textural brushwork, layers of color, and dramatic contrast between light and shadow.
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