"Every age projects its own image into its art." From 1870 to 1905, impressionism and post impressionism, introduced a new way of looking at and painting the world. Impressionists wanted to catch fleeting moments on canvas and so didn't worry all that much about blending the colors they used or giving objects shape and definition, it was more about capturing the way light hit and bounced off the objects. They were very interested in the everyday life of the middle class as well as all different kinds of landscapes. Impressionism received its name from a critic of one of Monet's pieces, "Impression: Sunrise" and the impressionists decided that they liked the name and kept it. Now, post impressionism consists of a whole bunch of branches off of impressionism, such as pointillism, synthetism, etc. Each new branch encompassed their own new idea, it was just more and more different viewpoints, or impressions, of the world. The two artists feautured in this gallery are Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. Also, the reason that impressionism began to gain movement was because it often focused on the middle clss who began to have more leisure time, and were able to enjoy more activities that used to be explicitly for the richer classes.