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Impressionism


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Having been given its name by Claude Monet’s monumental work Impressionist Sunrise, the Impressionist movement began originally as a following to Realism and the Barbizon School, but gradually moved onto more modern subjects that included leisure, the upper-middle class and city life.  Characterized by quick brushstrokes, open composition, strange visual angels and key attention to light, the Impressionists, made up of thirty Paris-based members, first exhibited independently from the French Academy and the Salon. In this one single move, the Impressionists single handedly brought an end to the stronghold the Academy had over the creation and display of fine art that had been in existence for centuries prior.


Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas were all forefront artists of this movement and helped to create some of the 19th century’s most well know and recognizable works. Their haphazard and unfinished look to painting largely inspired artists all over to world to do the same, and it is a trend that is still ongoing today. Preoccupation with the importance of color over line was also highly original and the revolutionary Impressionist movement would later inspire the Post-Impressionists, who took the groundwork of the Impressionists even farther.

 

         

 

                          

 

 















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