Impressionism

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Impressionism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Impressionism n : a school of late 19th century French painters who pictured appearances by strokes of unmixed colors to give the impression of reflected light
Impressionism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Impressionism \Im*pres"sion*ism\, n. [F. impressionnisme.] (Fine Arts) The theory or method of suggesting an effect or impression without elaboration of the details; -- a disignation of a recent fashion in painting and etching.

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Impressionism Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Impressionism is a style of painting which began in France in the late 19th century. "Impressionist" painting shows life-like subjects painted in a broad quick style, with brushstrokes that are easily seen and colours that are often bright. The name "Impressionism" comes from a painting by Claude Monet, which he showed in an exhibition with the name Impression, soleil levant ("Impression, Sunrise"). An art critic called Louis Leroy saw the exhibition and wrote a review in which he said that all the paintings were just "impressions". The word stuck.

Impressionist painters are mostly known for their work in oil paint on canvas. Some Impressionist painters also made watercolours and prints. There is also some Impressionist sculpture.

In the 19th century, most artists learned to paint by attending an art school, called an academy. The academies were very strict about the way that young artists learnt to paint. The popular style of painting was called "Classicism". Classical paintings were always done inside a studio. They often showed stories from mythology. An artist would prepare for a painting by doing lots of drawings. The paintings were very smoothly and carefully painted.

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