The original Impressionists were considered radicals in their day as they departed from what was considered the “old-school” of artists. Time after time, impressionist painters would submit their work to juried art shows but their paintings would be rejected in favor of lesser artists who painted in the “approved” style of the times.
In order to exhibit their own works, these revolutionary artists rejected the establishment and formed their own society of painters – the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs (Cooperative and Anonymous Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers). Their first show was met with a firestorm of criticism and the term “Impressionist” was given to their artistic style as a derogatory term. The artists chose to adopt this derogatory term “Impressionist” and proceeded to make art history.
The “Impressionist” school captured the scenes they were painting without the strictures placed upon painters by the “Realism” school that was dominant at the time. They focused, or unfocused, on a new way of painting light into scenes of everyday life, rejecting the minute details of realism. When you look at an Impressionist painting up close, there is no detail – there are only short thick strokes and unmixed colors. When you stand back from the painting you see, with a realism not present in the “Realist” paintings, the diffused sunlight on a haystack, people strolling down a boulevard or partying on a Sunday afternoon in a park. The works come alive from a distance.
When an attorney-client is presenting a case to a jury, too many details can bog it down, distracting the jury and leading them down rabbit trails. Your job as a CLNC® consultant is to help the attorney present the picture with the broad strokes and bold colors needed to show the case in its best light. Sure the underlying details will need to be there to back up your opinions and the attorney-client’s case, but sometimes it’s best to present an Impressionist view of a case to an attorney-client and then to the jury before breaking it down to the details.
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. What sort of Impressionist impression are you making on your attorney-clients?
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