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					Impressionism
by Phillip Martin

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What can that possibly mean?

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An “ism” is a suffix at the end of many English words. It comes from Greek “ismos” and Latin “ismus”. You have seen it at the end of words like optimism, Buddhism, racism, favoritism, and terrorism.

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It signifies a belief, practice, idea, or movement. In art, there are many movements that end in ism. One of the most important ISMs is Impressionism.

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It’s really hard to give the definition of Impressionism without using the word “impression”. Light was important to the Impressionists. They wanted to capture the moment.
Woman with a Parasol by Claude Monet

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Light on objects and the shadows around them change during the day. Impressionists wanted capture the way light changed colors in their surroundings. That’s how they captured the moment.
Shepherdess by Camille Pissarro

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Dancers in Pink by Edgar Degas

Many of the Impressionists were from France where the movement started in the 1860s. At first the public did not like their work. One newspaper critic called their work sketches or impressions, but not finished pieces.

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Boating by Edouard Manet
Dancers in Pink by Edgar Degas

Times change and now the Impressionists are among the world’s most popular artists.

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Boating by Edouard Manet
Dancers in Pink by Edgar Degas

Girl with a Watering Can By PierreAuguste Renoir

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One of the central artists associated with Impressionism was Claude Monet.

Monet’s painting, Impression, Sunrise, inspired the name of the movement.
Claude Monet

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Impression, Sunrise By Claude Monet

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Visiting his home and garden in Giverny, is like walking inside his paintings. The water lilies are still there.

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Water Lilies by Claude Monet

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Water Lilies by Claude Monet

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So now you know about Impressionism in art. If you want to know more, you can always a research Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Fauvism, Pointillism, Dadaism, Realism, Post -Modernism, Modernism, Mannerism, NeoExpressionism, and Romanticism. . . for starters.

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