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Impressionism Art Screensaver

At a Glance
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If you appreciate fine art you'll likely enjoy this screen saver, which displays hundreds of high-quality images when your computer is idle. True to its name, the slide show features Impressionist art--but in addition to standards like Claude Monet, the 800 or so images include women painters like Mary Cassat and Berthe Morisot, plus lesser-known Impressionists such as Valentin Serov, Childe Hassam, and Joseph DeCamp. With so many images to shuffle through, it's unlikely you'll see the same painting twice in a session.

The screen show ran smoothly in my tests. You can control the length of time that the images remain on screen; determine whether they appear in sequential, random, or shuffle order; and choose to "start the image painting on Desktop" (which makes your desktop fade to black when the screen saver starts). Each image is accompanied by a caption that in most cases tells you the painter and the work's title; sometimes the title is absent, however, and the white caption is often hard to see against the painting.

Screen savers may not be strictly necessary these days, since modern LCD monitors aren't subject to burn-in, but they're still nice to have around. A tasteful screen saver like Impressionism Art is enjoyable; it could even be useful in an office setting, to give you some measure of privacy.

Update: This trial version functions for two days; on the third, nag screens display.

--Kim Saccio-Kent

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Impressionism Art Screensaver

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