The technology of impressionism is two-fold. Firstly, the techniques employed by the impressionist artists were central to the movement. Secondly, the development of various artistic tools allowed the artists to employ a variety of impressionist techniques. The impressionist technique is hollistic, as defined by Ursula Franklin. Fine art is a craft, and is controlled by the artist from start to finish.
In a society dominated by prescriptive technologies, fine art is incredibly important in the preservation of the human creative spirit. The techniques used by artists (the technology of art) are employed to create certain visual effects, but ultimately the art aims to display the artist’s creativity. Art is highly democratic. It allows the artist the freedom of expression. More specifically, impressionist art is particularly democratic because it focuses on expression and freely painted brush strokes, rather than on fine details and exact replication (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012). Prescriptive technologies have led to methodologies that control human actions. In the 19th century, impressionists transcended the ideas of realism that had dominated the art world for so long (where realism refers to the attempt the replicate objects exactly in paintings). Though impressionism is dominated by a set of techniques, it is hollistic and thus is far more expressive than prescriptive technologies (not to mention that art is inherently expressive).
There are many modern technologies that aim to generate impressionist art. One example is the Artify iPad app. This app transforms your photos into impressionist paintings. This is particularly significant when reflecting upon the dehumanization of the arts.
Modern Impressionist Art