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Impressionism as an art movement was initiated in the 19th century by a group of Paris based artists. They exhibited an individual style of paintings which drew attention from the art community in the 1870s and 1880s though they painted in stark contrast to the rules which conventional painters used at that time. The name of the art movement was derived from one of the works of Claude Monet Impression, which was a source of provocation for the art critic Louis LeRoy. He used the term in a satirical sense in the French publication, Le Charivari.

Impressionism as an art form has a set of distinguishing qualities which include small, set brush strokes to accentuate the passage of time. There is open composition used in the paintings which is sometimes used to denote common, ordinary subject matter. In this style of painting, the colors are used side-by-side rather than mixing them together. This enables the painter to mix the colors in the eye rather than on the surface of the painting. When the first layer of painting is applied, the artist does not wait for the layer to dry before applying the next layer. By this practice, the intermingling of colors is allowed which leads to softer edges.

Some of the primary artists of the Impressionism art movement were Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Alfred Sisley.


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