Taking their name from Claude Monet's 'Impression, Sunrise', the Impressionists were established in Paris during the 1870's.
Concentrating on relaying the immediate visual effect of the world around them, using bold brush strokes and contrasts of colour, the artists initially drew heavy criticism for their perceived naive and trivial approach to art.
The subject matter varied from Monet's landscapes to Renoir's boulevards of bustling Paris life and Degas' delicate ballerinas, but all pertained to capture the impression of the moment.
From the late 1880's, public perception gradually changed and the Impressionists received reverence, paving the way for their followers Guaguin, Seurat and Van Gogh.
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