Impressionist Art

The Definition

Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir.

The Artists

Manet influenced the development of impressionism. He painted everyday objects. Pissaro and Sisley painted the French countryside and river scenes. Degas enjoyed painting ballet dancers and horse races. Morisot painted women doing everyday things. Renoir loved to show the effect of sunlight on flowers and figures. Monet was interested in subtle changes in the atmosphere.

Some places you can see the works of these impressionist artists areNetscape:Web museum:L'impressionism among others are Soho Print Poster-Impressionist and Impressionists Subject Page. There are many impressionist artists that you can see, but our favorite is Claude Monet. You can see some of his works at The Web Museum Network .

About the Painting

This famous painting, Sunrise ,was painted by Claude Monet. He displayed it at a Paris art show and because of the patchy texture, it caused one critic to call the whole show impressionist, which gave the movement it's name. Monet had a fascination with light and that led him to not only paint this picture, but also several others showing the same effect on different objects.


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