Connections between Impressionist Paintings and Debussy

There have been many approaches to support the notion that Claude Debussy is an Impressionist composer. In this paper I will look at Debussy’s solo piano works exclusively and connect their similarities to Impressionist paintings and painters. I will do so by drawing parallels in Debussy’s compositional style and method to the Impressionist painting defining styles and ways in which they were painted. Although Debussy denied being part of the Impressionist movement at the time, my claims will support him defined as an Impressionist at a new angle through connections to a different art medium that he would have been influenced by at the time.

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