that museum outing I had a while back with my art appreciation group. We went to see "A Variation of Impressionism" at the MFA-Houston. An exhibit of German Impressionist landscape paintings by Max Liebermann, Lovis Cornith and Max Slevogt. Also on exhibit was an exclusive showing of Drawing from Nature, which included not only drawings but also prints.
I know not your typical impressionism, landscape, but I must say I very much enjoyed it. These guys were trained in a traditional style of realism and did not exclusively paint landscapes but their interpretations are quite well done. The works were experiments and transitional for them. Very interesting to see how they used the new technique to enrich their individual personal styles.
The was an ease with which people were moved in and around the scenes, but of course they were not the object more like decorations to enhance a scene. I believe it worked well. Also to note how the artist would over paint an area, most likely because they didn't like a certain element; sort of like I do (only, me, not as well) I don't know about you but I sometimes have a hard time picturing famous artist as struggling in their studios with color, compositions or even what to paint.
I not sure where this Exhibit was heading, but if you get a chance to see it you should go. Yes even if it is not your style
Self Plug: It was this particular outing that inspired my small piece titled "Still".