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.