Impressionism

An art movement that originated in France in the late 19th century. Impressionists sought to record the changing world around them amid the fluctuations of weather and light with bold color and brushwork. Impressionism revolutionized the art world and contributed to the expansion of avant-garde and modern art. Some well-known impressionists include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, and the American artist Mary Cassatt.
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Impressionist Painter Claude Monet's Home Garden in Spring. Giverny, France. Where life imitates painting, and painting, life.

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet's Home Garden in Spring. Giverny, France. Where life imitates painting, and painting, life.

The artist, Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny, France

Monet's Green Thumb: How Art Grew From A Garden

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, Chrysanthemums, 1881/82, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000213-01)  “I just let my brain rest when I paint flowers,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir remarked. “I don’t experience the same tension as I do when confronted by the model. When I am painting flowers, I establish the tones, I study the values carefully without worrying about losing the picture. I don’t dare do this with a figure piece for fear of ruining it.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, Chrysanthemums, 1881/82, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000213-01) “I just let my brain rest when I paint flowers,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir remarked. “I don’t experience the same tension as I do when confronted by the model. When I am painting flowers, I establish the tones, I study the values carefully without worrying about losing the picture. I don’t dare do this with a figure piece for fear of ruining it.”

Did You Know? Prior to 1840 artists did not have the luxury of purchasing premixed paints in portable tin tubes. The son of Pierre-Auguste Renoir recalled his father saying: "Paints in tubes allowed us to work in nature... Without paint in tubes, there would have been no Cézanne, no Monet, no Sisley or Pissarro."

Did You Know? Prior to 1840 artists did not have the luxury of purchasing premixed paints in portable tin tubes. The son of Pierre-Auguste Renoir recalled his father saying: "Paints in tubes allowed us to work in nature... Without paint in tubes, there would have been no Cézanne, no Monet, no Sisley or Pissarro."

Claude Monet, French, Stack of Wheat, 1890/91 Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000075-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stack of Wheat, 1890/91 Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000075-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn), 1890/91, Oil on canvas,  The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000018-01)  Learn More About Claude Monet's Stacks of Wheat: https://plus.google.com/106680787183699024513/posts/Potyz8djhQS

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (End of Day, Autumn), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000018-01) Learn More About Claude Monet's Stacks of Wheat: https://plus.google.com/106680787183699024513/posts/Potyz8djhQS

Claude Monet, French, Cliff Walk at Pourville, 1882, Oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000175-01) Painting, Impressionism

Claude Monet, French, Cliff Walk at Pourville, 1882, Oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000175-01) Painting, Impressionism

Claude Monet, French, Stack of Wheat (Snow Effect, Overcast Day), 1890/91, Oil on canvas,  The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000066-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stack of Wheat (Snow Effect, Overcast Day), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000066-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000176-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (Sunset, Snow Effect), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000176-01)

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, Gift of Arthur M. Wood, Sr. in memory of Pauline Palmer Wood, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000073-01) - Painting, Impressionism

Claude Monet, French, Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890/91, Oil on canvas, Gift of Arthur M. Wood, Sr. in memory of Pauline Palmer Wood, The Art Institute of Chicago (Image No. 00000073-01) - Painting, Impressionism

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