(1870-1886) French Impressionism

Frédéric Bazille (1841–1870), Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Armand Guillaumin (1841–1927), Édouard Manet (1832–1883), Claude Monet (1840–1926), Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Alfred Sisley (1839–1899)

The Impressionist movement was inspired by a variety of factors, including anti-establishment, foreign/Asian influences and a desire to paint modern life instead of academic subjects of history and mythology. Impressionism emerged in France with artists exploring Plein-air painting. The Impressionists developed new techniques specific to the style encompassing what was a different way of seeing, it is an art of immediacy and movement, of candid poses and compositions, of the play of light expressed in a bright and varied use of colour. By recreating the sensation in the eye that views the subject, rather than delineating the details of the subject, and by creating a welter of techniques and forms the Impressionist artists made paintings representing landscape and contemporary life rather than historical or mythological scenes.