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Impressionist Art

Who doesn't have a favorite impressionist artist? Impressionism, a revolutionary and experimental movement in painting, began late in the 19th century in Europe. The aim was to break with the traditional and staid style of the French Academy and to bring a new realism to painting. As the movement grew, the artists sought to capture on canvass the casual and "un-posed" middle-class leisure, as well as, the cosmopolitan lifestyles. The impressionists sought to capture new effects of light, color and texture to convey a vibrant and light-infused optimism of modern life.

The Impressionist artists were drawn together by a desire to bring a new kind of realism to painting, an approach to both technique and subject matter that broke dramatically with the entrenched and staid style of the French Academy. Impressionist painters shared an acute interest in representing cosmopolitan life, as well as the middle-class leisure pleasures of garden and country, through sophisticated use of scientific color theory and keen attention to the play of light.

At their time, Impressionist works appeared to be so avant-garde, that it took their contemporaries more than thirty years to finally admit them - if not to like them. Today, impressionist painting remains the most attractive period in the history of modern art and the most appreciated by the public.

Some of the most well-known painters associated with the Impressionist style include Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pizarro, Pierre Auguste Rendir, Georges Seurat, Alfred Sisley and, or course, Vincent Van Gogh. To view popular impressionist works, visit the Bohemian Fine Art on-line gallery. website
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