Impressionism, a transformative art movement of the late 19th century, marked a departure from traditional academic painting. Pioneered by artists like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Impressionism aimed to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Employing loose brushstrokes and vibrant colors, these artists often painted en plein air, seeking spontaneity and immediacy.

The movement, initially met with resistance from traditionalists, embraced scenes from everyday life, moving away from historical or mythological subjects. The focus on the shifting nuances of light and the ephemeral nature of the subjects had a profound impact, not only revolutionizing artistic techniques but also influencing subsequent movements and contributing to the evolution of modern art. Impressionism’s emphasis on capturing the essence of a moment and its departure from traditional representation laid the groundwork for artistic innovation in the 20th century.

Claude Monet

Edgar Degas

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Camille Pissarro

Mary Cassatt

Berthe Morisot

Édouard Manet

Gustave Caillebotte

Alfred Sisley

Armand Guillaumin

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