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The impressionists: painting revolution

14/10/2012

Impressionism is painting revolution of a 19th-century art movement that began with a smallish group of Paris-based artists. Their independent exhibitions brought them to prominence despite opposition by the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the art critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.

I adore the Impressionists above all other art movements. I consider myself fortunate to have lived in London and thus had ready access to galleries in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Yet, having gazed at many of these fabulous creations I was amazed by the wealth of information of art writer Waldemar Januszczak’s four part series The Impressionists: Painting Revolution.

Januszczak explores the revolutionary achievements of the Impressionists in a four part series. He delves into the back stories of Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Bazille; ventures outdoors to the Impressionists’ most famous locations; looks at the people who were the subjects of the Impressionist art; and looks at the last years of Impressionism.  

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