Impressionism marks the shift from traditional European art to modern art, thus known as the first modern art movement. This style of art originated in Paris, France, and it eventually spread to the United States and several other parts of the world. Being rejected from famous state-sponsored exhibitions, salons, the impressionist painters rented a studio and showcased their works. Their paintings were, however, not appreciated, but they did raise some critics. The critics said that the paintings seemed incomplete, and only left a fleeting "impression", Little did the critics know, that was exactly what the painters were trying to capture--an impression.
Impressionist paintings are very unique and more "modern" compared to the other styles of art mentioned earlier. The artists studied optic physics, and they were successful in creating a more exact representation of colors and tones. They applied several colors of paint in smaller touches, without much precision or detail. There were many paintings that depicted a particular glimpse of a scene outside.
Famous Art Works:
"Le dejeuner sur l'herbe" (1863)
"In a Park" (1874)
"The Boulevard Montmatre on a Winter Morning" (1897)
"Impression Sunrise" (1872)
"Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette" (1876)
"The Ballet Class" (1874)
"The Cradle" (1872)
"Coquelicots, La promenade " (1873)