AN INTRODUCTION TO IMPRESSIONIST ART 

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated in Paris. Impressionist art is characterised by the relative ordinary nature of its subjects, the small and visible brush strokes, and the great role of light. Famous artists include Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Monet. Reviewer-humorist Louis Leroy used the word “Impressionist” from Claude Monet’s painting entitled Impression Sunrise (Impression, Soleil Levant) to derisively describe works he considered as being no more than unfinished sketches.  He scathingly wrote: "Impression—I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it ... and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape."

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