Impressionism Art

Written by Charles Peacock
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Impressionism art was a revolutionary form of art for its time. In addition to being a true departure from the art that proceeded it, Impressionism was responsible for some of the most beautiful and well-known paintings in Western culture. For various reasons, it was a precursor to modern forms of art like abstract paintings.

The History of Impressionism Art

The first painters who created Impressionism art lived in France. They began this style in the 1860s, with a specific goal in mind. They were attempting to recreate snapshots of scenes where the effects of sunlight at different times of the day could be seen.

Some of the leaders of early impressionism art were Camille Pissaro, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas. Monet is perhaps the most famous of these three, having created a large body of beautiful, cutting-edge work during his most prolific period. Among his more famous paintings are those depicting the flowers in his garden at Giverny, as well as others showing cathedrals and French farms in various kinds of light.

A remarkable thing about Impressionism art is the differing perspectives it gives to the exact same image. Monet's paintings of the cathedral at Rouen are a perfect example. He painted the cathedral at different times of the day, and the wide variety of colors used in each of these paintings truly creates a remarkable impression of the effects of natural sunlight.


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