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Welcome to the world of Impressionism, where colors and brushstrokes come alive! This art movement, born in the late 19th century, revolutionized how we see and interpret nature. With its focus on capturing a fleeting moment in time, impressionist paintings are vibrant and full of life. So buckle up, young art enthusiasts; you're in for a colorful ride!

What is impressionism?
Impressionism is a style of art that originated in France during the late 19th century. It was characterized by an emphasis on depicting everyday scenes and objects through light, color, and brushstrokes.

One of the defining characteristics of the paintings is their focus on capturing a fleeting moment in time. Impressionists aimed to create an impression or sensation rather than a detailed representation of reality. They believed that our perception of reality is influenced by many factors, such as lighting conditions, weather patterns, and even our moods.

Impressionists used loose brushstrokes and vibrant colors instead of sharp outlines and muted tones to achieve this effect. This technique allowed them to capture what they saw and how they felt about what they saw.

Impressionism revolutionized how we think about art by challenging traditional artistic conventions and introducing new techniques for expressing emotion through visual media.

When was the Impressionism art period?

Impressionism was an art movement that originated in France during the late 19th century. It is considered one of the most influential movements in modern art history, and the Impressionist period lasted from approximately 1865 to around 1885.

During this time, artists began to challenge traditional methods of painting and sought new ways to capture light and color in their works. They focused on depicting everyday scenes and landscapes using loose brushstrokes, vibrant colors, and natural lighting.

The term "impressionism" stems from a critic's review of Claude Monet's painting "Impression Sunrise." This movement includes many well-known artists,, such as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Morisot, who all shared similar interests and techniques.







Impressionism marked a significant shift towards individual creativity in the arts and experimentation with new ideas and materials. Its influence can still be seen today through contemporary art forms like abstract expressionism and pop art.

The Impressionist art movement is known for its dramatic use of light and color to create a sense of atmosphere and mood. Some of the most well-known artists from this period include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro.

Claude Monet, one of Impressionism's founders, is best known for his series of water lily paintings that capture the beauty and tranquility of nature. His loose brushstrokes and emphasis on light were revolutionary at the time.







Pierre-Auguste Renoir's vibrant portraits often depicted everyday people enjoying leisure activities such as dancing or picnicking. He experimented with different techniques throughout his career but remained dedicated to capturing life as he saw it.

Edgar Degas focused on depicting scenes from everyday life, particularly ballet dancers in motion. His use of diagonal lines and unconventional compositions give his paintings a sense of dynamism that perfectly captures the energy and gracefulness of dance.

Camille Pissarro was less concerned with individual style than other Impressionists, instead focusing on creating works that captured the essence of rural life through color and texture. His later landscapes are marked by an almost pointillist approach to paint application, giving them a unique quality.

Mary Cassat

Mary Cassat

Water lillies
paintwork pissaro

Close up of paintwork from 'Late Afternoon in the Meadow'  by Camille Pissarro

Renoir two sisters
degas the dancers

The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse), 1873–1876, Degas

Two Sisters (On the Terrace), Renoir 1881

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