Emergence of Impressionism


In the early 1860s Impressionism became a prominent style of art in France.

Establishment of the Salon de Refuses


The salon de refuses is established for the exhibition of work rejected by the salon jury. These works of art included paintings by Cezanne, Pissarro, and Manet.

Franco-Prussian War Begins


The Franco-Prussian war breaks out, ending in French defeat. In the following year, a socialist commune is set up in Paris.

The First Exhibition of Impressionist Painting


The 1st eight exhibitions of Impressionist painting is held at Nadar's studio in Paris. This is a turning point in Impressionism, because it is defying the average art piece approved by the salon. Featured works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Morisot, Sisley, and Pissarro.

Paul Cezanne Turns Away from Impressionism


Paul Cezanne turns away from impressionism, seeking to paint objects and landscapes with a sense of solidity and permanence by reducing them to their basic geometric shapes.

Decline of Impressionism into Post-Impressionism


Around 1886-1887 Impressionism started to fade into Post-Impressionism