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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)

TITLE: Impressionistic Eyes
By Francy Judge
02/25/09


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Impression, Sunrise
A dot of blazing orange sun
Burns the blue haze of the morning
Quick splashes of color capture the moment
The ripples of the water merge with the horizon
Faint swirls of factory smog disappear in the dawn
A glimpse of time seen through Claude Monetís eyes

Impression, Sunrise
Just a coating on a canvas
Imposters seize the walls of the Salon
Scribbles hang where the mastersí art belongs
Untamed strokes of unruly color paint the Paris air
Unfinished work resembles nothing but an impression
A glimpse of emerging art through the mocking criticsí eyes

Impression, Sunrise
A precious pearl in the sea of art
Sent to inspire other lovers of beauty
To proceed with their ideas of innovation
A page of history that forever belongs to France
Adorning the walls of the Musee Marmottan Monet
A glimpse of inspiration through todayís art studentsí eyes

Impression, Sunrise
A masterpiece of creation
Preceded the first dab of paint
Monetís blessed gift of realization
That awesome display of light at any hour
Is best captured as impressions of changing glory
A glimpse of the Masterís creation through Godís loving eyes

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Note: In 1874, a group of innovative artists put on an exhibition of their paintings in Paris. The public and critics laughed at the work. One art critic, Louis Leroy, noticed the word "impression" in Monet's title and wrote, mockingly, that all the artists in the show were impressionists. From then on, the artists defiantly used the term to describe themselves.
In my opinion, an artist is only able to create their own impression of the beauty God has already perfected.


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Angela M. Baker-Bridge02/28/09
Interesting way to educate about the arts!
Beth LaBuff 03/03/09
You have beautiful symmetry (and imagery) in this poem. Nice work.