The Impressionism Period was a movement in art culture that occurred in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The movement began in Paris and soon spread through many of the major artists of the time.

Characteristics of Impressionist Paintings:

– small, thin, visible brush strokes

– open composition

– emphasis on light and the accurate portrayal of light

– often show the passage of time

– common, ordinary subjects

– movement as a crucial element

– unusual visual angles

The Impressionist Movement was named after a painting done by Monet called, Impression, soleil levant, which is pictured below.

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  1. OK…that is interesting, but too little of you…maybe you could use this as a “jumping off” point for connecting art to language? Is there maybe a historical connection? Often art and literature share new movements. What opinion do you have on this art movement?


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