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Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence in the 1870s and 1880s. The name of the movement is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.

Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. The emergence of Impressionism in the visual arts was soon followed by analogous movements in other media which became known as Impressionist music and Impressionist literature.

Impressionism also describes art created in this style, but outside of the late 19th century time period.

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Dynamism of a Cyclist, 1913 - Umberto Boccioni - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Dynamism of a Cyclist, 1913
Umberto Boccioni
Impression  Sunrise - Claude Oscar Monet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Impression Sunrise
Claude Oscar Monet
Reclining Nude   (Pierre Auguste Renoir   1883) - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Reclining Nude (Pierre Auguste Renoir 1883)
Pierre Auguste Renoir
The Bar at the Folies Bergere 1882 - Edouard Manet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
The Bar at the Folies Bergere 1882
Edouard Manet
Blond Woman with Bare Breasts  1878 - Edouard Manet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Blond Woman with Bare Breasts 1878
Edouard Manet
The Tennis Court Oath, 20th June 1789, 1848 - Louis Charles Auguste Couder - www.impressionism-in-art.org
The Tennis Court Oath, 20th June 1789, 1848
Louis Charles Auguste Couder
The Fifer  1866 - Edouard Manet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
The Fifer 1866
Edouard Manet
A Bowlful Of Roses - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
A Bowlful Of Roses
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Dance At The Moulin De La Galette - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Dance At The Moulin De La Galette
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Two Sisters Aka On The Terrace - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Two Sisters Aka On The Terrace
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Nude Child - Mary Cassatt - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Nude Child
Mary Cassatt
Paris Street- Rainy Weather 1877 - Gustave Caillebotte - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Paris Street- Rainy Weather 1877
Gustave Caillebotte
Luncheon Of The Boating Party - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Luncheon Of The Boating Party
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Claude Monet Working on his Boat in Argenteuil  1874 - Edouard Manet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Claude Monet Working on his Boat in Argenteuil 1874
Edouard Manet
View Of Antibes - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
View Of Antibes
Pierre Auguste Renoir
A Bouquet Of Roses - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
A Bouquet Of Roses
Pierre Auguste Renoir
The Water Lily Pond Aka Japanese Bridge - Claude Oscar Monet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
The Water Lily Pond Aka Japanese Bridge
Claude Oscar Monet
A Girl - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
A Girl
Pierre Auguste Renoir
The Street Enters the House 1911 - Umberto Boccioni - www.impressionism-in-art.org
The Street Enters the House 1911
Umberto Boccioni
Arum Lilies - Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Arum Lilies
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell
A Haystack - Claude Oscar Monet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
A Haystack
Claude Oscar Monet
A Palm Tree At Bordighera - Claude Oscar Monet - www.impressionism-in-art.org
A Palm Tree At Bordighera
Claude Oscar Monet
Girl With A Watering Can - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Girl With A Watering Can
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Midsummer Landscape - Julian Alden Weir - www.impressionism-in-art.org
Midsummer Landscape
Julian Alden Weir
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