The Practice and Philosophy of French Impressionism
a process that creates the work as it expands our freedom
by Jerry Fresia
In a book that reinvigorates the how-to genre, Jerry Fresia weaves together the actual practice of the early French Impressionists with the philosophy that both united and transformed a band of "intransigent" artists into an historical force. Never before has their method been so comprehensively revealed.
"The 'new painting' as a method of painting is as relevant today as it was in Paris over a century ago and it deserves to be revisited by contemporary artists. And yet, the more important contribution of the Impressionists is their understanding of what it meant to be an artist. Largely because they saw their world in terms other than those set out for them, they pioneered a creative process that produced the work as it expanded their freedom. We need to immerse ourselves into their spirituality so that we may rekindle our own." - Jerry Fresia
I studied painting in the studio of William Schultz, who in turn, studied with Robert Brackman. From Brackman we can trace a direct line, from student to teacher to Claude Monet. It was within the studio system of teaching, then, that I was taught both the practice and philosophy of French Impressionism. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. I taught at several colleges and universities and wrote two books on American politics. I have also written extensively on painting. I exhibit and sell my paintings in my own art gallery (FRESIA Galleria d'Arte) in Bellagio, Italy. I also organize painting classes as well as produce art books and painting videos.
FRESIA on lake como Published April 30, 2013