Welcome to a brief tour of Impressionist art. The movement started in France in the 1870s, as artists took their canvases out of the studio and into the world. They tried to capture moments in time, including changes in lighting, through the eyes of the artist.Unlike prior movements, Impressionism is characterized by short, choppy brushstrokes. This technique led to energetic and lively paintings. And these guys loved color, almost never using blacks and whites.