Impressionist Painters

by cmoneyspinner

A brief introduction to artists who made such a lasting impression, reproductions of their original works adorn many homes and offices.

The letter "i" stands for "I'm impressed."

The term “impressionism” was first used in 1874, and its initial usage was not very complimentary. A critic was making a sarcastic remark about one of Monet's landscape paintings. Not allowing an unfavorable judgment to cramp his style, Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), working with Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919), developed the technique of broken-color painting. These two artists are recognized as the founders of the art form known as Impressionism.

Others who were also a part of the group known as impressionist painters include: Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883), Jacob Camille Pissarro (1831 – 1903), Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906), and Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas (1834 – 1917).

Monet and Renoir

Plus The Others

An art aficionado, I am not.  But like most people, my attention can easily be captured by an impressive painting.  The artwork of Claude Monet has always impressed me.  However, it appears that Monsieur Monet had to work arduously at developing a fan base who appreciated his art. Of course, Auguste Renoir painted female nudes. Not that he wasn't a great artist because his subjects were bare naked ladies. But gathering appreciative admirers was not as difficult. Nevertheless, through his persistence Monet's paintings have gained the recognition they deserve and there are many of today's artists who will readily admit that their art style has been influenced by the work of Claude Monet.

 

As all of the impressionist painters named are already well known, there is a wealth of information about them that can be found online.  Since they are no longer with us, there is nothing substantial left to be added (unless authentic secret diaries or original works stashed in someone's attic are discovered).  Below are links to condensed biographies of each artist which serve as an excellent introduction should you wish to know more about them.

 

The ArtStory.org published a biographical snap-shot of:

  • Claude Monet (1840 – 1926);
  • Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883); and
  • Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas (1834 – 1917).

For the biography of Pierre Auguste Renoir, visit notablebiographies.com.

A wonderful presentation of the life of Jacob Camille Pissarro (1831 – 1903) can be found at impressionniste.net.

PBS.org provided an introduction to the life of Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) for the program which aired July 2006 entitled Cézanne in Provence.
 

If interested, artcyclopedia.com is an online database where the artwork of thousands of artists can be viewed freely.

Chrysanthemums, 1897
Chrysanthemums, 1897
Le Dejeuner
Le Dejeuner
Impression Soleil Levant
Impression Soleil Levant

Persistence, Perseverance and Patience Pays

~ Impressionism ~

A word that now labels an accepted and respected artistic style, was originally a feeble attempt to insult a man whose skillful use of the paintbrush made a lasting impression on the viewers.

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cmoneyspinner on 10/30/2013

@BrendaReeves - lol. Yeah I just discovered yesterday that he wasn't an artist.

BrendaReeves on 10/30/2013

Hey, I got the question right! It was a complete guess. I love the impressionists. Cezanne is my favorite. Maybe Thomas Kinkade will be vindicated one of these days.

cmoneyspinner on 10/28/2013

@Jo_Murphy - Looking forward to reading them. :) Thanks so much for stopping by here.

Jo_Murphy on 10/28/2013

Ahh There is quite a lot of discussion about that worldwide. I am going to write a few articles about how the art world functions. You might be amazed! Jo

cmoneyspinner on 10/28/2013

@Jo_Murphy - You know? The thought never occurred to me that the art critics might not be artists. People who love art don't need to be artists. That I know. But I never thought about it the other way around. I thought that was how critics got to be critics. Because they knew what they were talking about. (O.o) DUH! Silly of me. Yes I have been living under a rock. lol

Jo_Murphy on 10/28/2013

HIi CM,
If only I could paint like Impression Soleil Levant.
I think that Art Critics usually don't paint themselves and that is how they miss the cleverness of certain aspects of art,
I a might go and put the persistence of memory on a mug,
Jo

cmoneyspinner on 10/26/2013

@ologsinquito - Oh my! I just checked your Pinterest board. Thank you for sharing so many of my articles. Much appreciated my friend! :)

P.S. I like your board description. Wizzley is "a popular, fast-growing online magazine".

ologsinquito on 10/26/2013

I'm pinning this to "My Wizzley Writing Board."

cmoneyspinner on 10/25/2013

@EmmaSRose - Thank you for your comments. Two cool things I remember about my visits to New York City and Washington, D.C. The museums and the great artwork on display. And of course, the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument. :)

Guest on 10/25/2013

cmoneyspinner, Those daring impressionist painters have enchanted me since childhood! My beloved maternal aunt used to escort my sister and me to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Windy City's exceptional museums, and my aunt was so thoughtful and sweet to always keep current on special Impressionist events.
This is a lovely tribute to those painters of "broken colors"!


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