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The Dancing class

The Oak at Flagey

The Bar at the Folies Bergère

Twilight, Venice

The Cradle

Children on the Beach

The Floor-Scrapers

Woman with a Pearl

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte

The Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Yellow Christ

Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise


Impressionism is a movement in painting that originated in France in the late 19th century.

Impressionist painters were considered radical in their time because they broke many of the rules of picture-making set by earlier generations. They found many of their subjects in life around them rather than in history, which was then the accepted source of subject matter. Instead of painting an ideal of beauty that earlier artists had defined, the impressionists tried to depict what they saw at a given moment, capturing a fresh, original vision that was hard for some people to accept as beautiful. They often painted out of doors, rather than in a studio, so that they could observe nature more directly and set down its most fleeting aspects - especially the changing light of the sun.

The colors in impressionist paintings have an overall luminosity because the painters avoided blacks and earth colors. The impressionists also simplified their compositions, omitting detail to achieve a striking overall effect.

Artists related to Impressionism
Frederic Bazille
Eugene Boudin
Gustave Caillebotte
Mary Cassatt
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Gustave Courbet
Edgar Degas
Paul Gauguin
Childe Hassam
Edouard Manet
Claude Monet
Berthe Morisot
Camille Pissarro
Maurice Prendergast
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Georges Seurat
Alfred Sisley
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida


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