The Impressionist Movement Essay

2205 Words Mar 16th, 2009 9 Pages
Keren Escoto
Prof. Clayborn
Western Civilization 1
April 10, 2008
The Impressionist Movement Impressionism, French Impressionnisme, is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as “a theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.” Impressionist painting comprises the works of art produced between about 1867 and 1886 by a group of artists that shared related techniques and approaches to art. The title ‘Impressionism’ originated from the influence of Claude Monet and his famous painting, Impression Sunrise. This movement
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The artists as individuals saw very few financial rewards from the Impressionist exhibitions but eventually their art won public acceptance. Although Sisley would die in poverty in 1899, Renoir found great success in the Salon in 1879. Monet found financial security in the early 1880s and to Pissarro in the early 1890s. However, by this time the methods of Impressionist painting, in a watered down form, had become commonplace in the art of the Salon. There are three artists that stand out above the others in the Impressionist movement, the first is Claude Monet. Monet, a French painter, is thought of as the founder of French impressionism, and was the most unswerving and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature. The term Impressionism is even derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. Monet was the son of a grocery store owner and a singer. Monet decided against taking the family grocery business in order to become an artist. He attended Le Havre secondary school of the arts and became known for his charcoal caricatures that he sold for twenty fancs. On the beaches of Normandy Monet met a fellow artist Boudin who became his mentor and taught Monet to use oil paints and also techniques for painting. When Monet went to Paris to visit The Louvre he saw painters copying from the works of old masters and he instead sat by a window and painted

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