The Routes of Impressionism in Europe project aims to create and promote, within the European continent, a connection between the places that inspired European impressionist air painters from the mid-19th century to the mid-10th century, the places where the painters lived, the places where colonies of artists were established and the cities that today exhibit their works within their museums or in the different cultural spaces. This collection of websites constitutes a real “open-air museum” of the landscapes portrayed, and allows the direct connection of visitors with the Impressionist movement.
Impressionism marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new, as well as in the scientific fields, political and economic conditions during this period, because art reflects many changes of society. This artistic movement does not only touch painters, also to musicians, writers, journalists, scientists …
This movement was born in France but it was in the rest of Europe where it developed more strongly, despite the political context of the time, very difficult. One of the two interesting points of the Routes of Impressionism in Europe is also to convey these many aspects of the Impressionist approach. This style reflects a passionate fondness for light, water in its various forms… she conveys the joy of living reinforced by her perfect harmony with nature, and is at the origin of the pictorial revolutions that happened later …
Definitely, impressionism is an important component of the collective memory of Europeans: scenes of everyday life, as well as numerous meeting places that still exist, social practices, events related to landscape and water, water sports …
The Impressionism Route at European level, aims to highlight these symbolic and fruitful meetings between art and industry, which constitute a major change in the European collective memory. Impressionist artists were successful in transmitting European common values, both in their attitude and in his works: the spirit of freedom, justice, the tolerance, the solidarity … The independence claimed in their work, outside of religious restrictions, political or academic, opened new artistic horizons for them, widely retaken and developed by the next generations.
The network of routes of European Impressionism aim to promote in the best possible way, the European heritage built over decades, in order to use it for the training of young people, and the promotion of “smart and responsible” tourism.
European Cultural Itinerary
The Route of the Impressionism of As Mariñas, which is part of the European Impressionism Routes, was declared as European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 2018.
The European Cultural Itineraries initiative was created by the Council of Europe in 1987, with the aim of demonstrating through a journey through space and time, as the heritage of the different European countries contributes to a shared heritage. The routes are the local networks implementing the Council of European fundamental values: human rights, democracy, cultural diversity and identity, of exchange and mutual enrichment across borders and centuries. They act as channels for intercultural dialogue and to promote a better understanding and understanding of European history.
In the year 2016, there are 33 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: the first was that recognized in 1987, the routes from the Camino to Santiago of Compostela; the last, distinguished in 2015, and the so-called “Sur les traces de Robert Louis Stevenson” ( “In the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson”).
In the following link you can check the website of the Route of the Impressionism of As Mariñas.
In the following link you can download an information flyer about the European Impressionism Routes in which the Route of Impressionism of As Mariñas is also included. This last one is based on the figure of the painter Francisco Llorens Díaz.