A Thing Of Beauty


Back in 1872 Claude Monet revealed this painting called “Impression, Sunrise.” This painting is famous for giving a name to the Impressionist movement and has now become a quintessential symbol of Impressionism. It was not well taken by the critics and the term Impressionist was coined in a satirical review by Louis Leroy in which he went to the extent of saying: “Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.” The Impressionist movement, however, soon became so popular that it spread to music and literature as well.

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The subject of the painting is the harbour of Le Havre in France. It is noted for very loose brushstrokes that suggest rather than define it. Monet uses colour as the main factor to capture the very essence of the scene. An interesting thing about this painting is that if you make a black and white copy of it then the sun disappears almost entirely.


Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.

The Impressionists faced harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. Why do I bring this up? Because here we see a bunch of painters daring to do something different. Initially they were ridiculed, but eventually the brilliance of what they started was recognized and spread throughout the art world. We need more people like that in our industry. We need people that will dare to be different, think outside of the box and reimagine the mortgage process.

The privilege of owning a house is a thing of beauty, just like these daring impressionist paintings, so why does the mortgage process have to remain so antiquated and ugly?

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