I M P R E S S I O N I S M. AN EUROPEAN MOVEMENT.
HISTORY OF IMPRESSIONISM
Impressionism: a European movement that was born in Paris. Indeed, in the small town of Montmartre, which at that time was not even considered part of the city of Paris. It was in the second half of the 19th century when a group of unconventional painters wanted to create a true revolution in art.
Unlike other painters of the time, this group did not paint in studios, as they believed they could capture the momentary effects of sunlight if they worked outdoors –a concept known as plain air–. In addition, they were characterized by their love of light and colour, two characteristics that are still recognized today.
The first collective exhibition took place in Paris in 1874. It featured works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. Impressionism became one of the most important artistic styles in the world. Museums such as the Orsay, the Orangerie or Giverny (located in Paris) have become must-sees for all impressionism enthusiasts.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 19TH CENTURY MOVEMENT
IMPRESSIONISM: FUNNY FACTS
Impressionism was a style very rejected and criticized. At that time, the society accused impressionists because of not finishing their paintings.
Despite not being recognized at that time; nowadays, it is famous all over the world!
“Femmes au jardin” is a painting by Claude Monet that represents three women in a beautiful, rather bourgeois garden. All women are dressed differently, so you might think that three different women posed for him. But in reality, Camille, his wife, posed for all three!