In the mid-1800’s, a group of French painters worked in nearby areas of Paris celebrating light in their paintings and capturing impressions of every day French life. The group of artists organized themselves and showed their paintings at six major avant-garde art shows. In their day, their art was unlike typical salon art because it captured snapshots of life in Paris instead of more traditional allegories and myths of classical time. The Impressionism art movement has become one of the most beloved of all time.
Claude Monet, French – (1840-1926) was one of the chief organizers and exhibitors at the first Impressionism Show held in 1874 at Nadar’s Studio. Monet was able to visualize the light and atmosphere and render them instantly with his hand. A few of the thirty artists were: Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Berthe Morisot and Eugene Boudin. The common thread for the artists was rejection by the Salon judges and opposition to official art.
Monet himself recognized that he was using a technique different from the established norm. In his attempt to capture a transitory moment on canvas with his every brush stroke, and his every color choice, Monet worked at a frantic pace…faster then what he called a sketch. In his own words, his objective was to create an “impression” of what he was seeing.
Enjoy Impressionist art as it is adapted into art related gifts in our Impressionism Gift Collection. These items are available for purchase in our museum store.