Impressionism gives an immediate impression of an object or event. This is different from other types of painting because it doesnt express any feelings of the artist. It is only what the eye sees and nothing else. Impressionists also try to show the light and how it reflects from the surface of objects. It is actually easier to paint outside to help achieve this look because you can actually see how the object youre painting looks when light hits it. When impressionists paint a picture, they try to show what the eye sees in a single glance. This technique of impressionism made this form of art popular.
The word impressionism comes from one of Claude Monets paintings called Impression: Sunrise. Monet is one impressionist out of many. Some other French impressionists are: Pierre Auguste, Renoir, Camille, Pissarro and Edgar Degas. Some American impressionists are: James A. M. Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and John Sargent.
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