Impressionism Painting Style, Quick Facts

  1. Impressionism, as a painting style, is a school of paintings initially focus on art work done outdoors.
  2. Impressionist paintings demonstrated that human beings do not see objects, but instead see light itself. Emphasizing on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities.
  3. A 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.Sunrise, Monet
  4. The name of the style is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), painted in 1872.
  5. Impressionist artists: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley.
  6. Impressionism became a precursor of various styles of painting, including Post-Impressionism and Cubism.
  7. Painting techniques, naming a few, impasto, Wet-on-wet, or alla prima, and effets de soir
  8. Impasto ~ paint is laid on canvas very thickly, usually thickly enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible.
  9. Alla prima ~ used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint.
  10. Effets de soir ~ getting the effects of light caused by the sunset, twilight, or darkness of the early evening or matins. Therefore, painting during evening.