No Fear o' Eras


The idea behind No Fear o' Eras is to discover what makes up the style of certain artistic eras. Explore the three examples below to see if you can find what makes them all fit into this era.

If this is your first time doing No Fear o' Eras, read the instructions.

The Paintings

Rouen Cathedral
Claude Monet
French, 1840 - 1926

Pont Neuf, Paris
Auguste Renoir
French, 1841 - 1919

Plum Brandy
Edouard Manet
French, 1832 - 1883


  1. What kinds of things are the subjects of these paintings?
  2. What's the real subject of these paintings? (hint: trick question!)
  3. Why would artists want to paint fuzzy like this instead of clearly?
  4. Which elements of design stand out the most?
  5. How much skill would it take to create paintings like these?

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Internet Resources

More about the style & artists

Info on Impressionism from the Web Museum
Slideshow of Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art - USA
For Monet, Giverny was a site for poor eyes

Sampling more examples

Early works and later waterlily paintings
Description of a Monet exhibit in Chicago
Pierre-Auguste Renoir from the WebMuseum
Edouard Manet from the WebMuseum
The Influence of Edouard Manet from The National Gallery of Art

Historical or cultural issues

Read about Claude Monet and see his photograph
Giverny - In the Heart of Impressionism
History of Paris

Current versions

Painting along the Seine
Pinterest: Impressionism
Images from around the world

Coming to an Opinion

Now that you have studied the three paintings by looking, questioning, and exploring related Internet resources, it's time to show what you've discovered. Fill in the fields below, then click the "I Fear No Eras" button to post your page. Print out, present, and discuss your ideas with other art historians.

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    What are the Three main things artworks of this era have in common?
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First Posted December 1995
Last revised February, 2014
Created by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com