Intro and inception to the Impressionist movement

The Impressionism was an art movement initiated at the end of the 19th century. Impressionist painters gained exposure mostly around the 1880's, thanks to several exhibitions and passionate and supportive art dealers. The movement was however hugely criticized by Classical painters.

The Impressionism was an art movement initiated at the end of the 19th century. Impressionist painters gained exposure mostly around the 1880's, thanks to several exhibitions and passionate and supportive art dealers. The movement was however hugely criticized by Classical painters.

The name of the movement derives from "Impression", which was the title of 1872 painting by Claude Monet "Impression, Soleil Levant". The term "Impressionism" was initially coined by art criticts with a negative meaning, but it was immediately adopted by this movement of painter as it was actually describing very accurately what they were trying to achieve.

Below is presented the painting "Impression, Soleil Levant" by Claude Monet: 

The painting depicts the harbour of Le Havre in Normandy (France) at sun rise. Claude Monet's parents lived in Le Havre, it was his home town. He started his early art career there, drawing caricatures of clients at his parents grocery store. Monet has kept a very close relationship with Normandy, which he painted in numerous occasions later in his career.

Matthieu Liatard
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