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Paintings by Turner and Monet tell of pollution at the start of the industrial era


A research team has discovered how the Industrial Revolution influenced Impressionist painters in the late 19th century.

The Impressionists revolutionized the art of capturing light.

From their know-how have sprung paintings that manage to move us more than a century later, but can also help us to understand how the industrial revolution transformed the atmosphere.

A study published in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences (Pnas) analyzes style and color changes in nearly 100 paintings by Monet and Turner.

As industrial air pollution increased, their paintings evolved and reflect the changes in the air of our cities.

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The spark for this project came while walking through the Turner collection at the Tate Museum in London,

explains the first author of this work, Anna Lea Albright, researcher at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (Paris


I was working on air pollution.

I was curious if we could answer a question

: did the pollution of the industrial revolution...

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Source: lefigaro

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