Age of Impressionism 1850-1900 BACK

This revolutionary movement didn't happen overnight and there were many instigators and influences. Academic conventions became so solidified and entrenched that some artists could see no point in them and started to paint life as it truly was and thereby shocking the art establishment. Also during this time, for no apparent reason artists wanted to paint outdoors. This was labeled as Realism. Artists like Courbet, Corot, and Manet broke away from the establishment by mounting the Salon des Refuses in 1863. This was the Boston Tea Party of the arts.

Then the next generation of artists came along and took Realism one step further. These Impressionists also painted outside but they tried to capture the fleeting effects of light and to give the real impression of a passing moment. Manet was the artist to spark the courage of other artists to break away from tradition. Monet then stepped in to perfect the style. It is that breakup of light and color, that distinct optical mixture in which the colors and brush strokes of a picture looked muddled and out of focus up close -- but when you step back it all comes together and makes perfect sense.

Eugene Boudin 1824-1898

Frédéric Bazille 1841-1870

Gustave Caillebotte 1848-1894

Edouard Manet 1832-1883

Edgar Degas 1834-1917

Claude Monet 1840-1926

Camille Pissarro 1830-1903

Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919

Alfred Sisley 1839-1899

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