10 Interesting Facts about Impressionism

As we know that there are many style of painting. One of the painting style is impressionism. A style painting which began in Paris, France in the middle 1800s will be explained on Facts about Impressionism. Natural subjects in the outdoor (fields, forest, oceans, trees) are usually painted by impressionist painters. It is also known as en plein air. In the past, different approach in painting make the impressionists were not popular due to they used traditional way for painting. However, impressionism becomes popular today. Light and color are the main aspects of it. Besides, you will think that the pictures are messy and unreal while you see it closer. Here are ten interesting facts about Impressionism.

Facts about Impressionism 1: Impressionist artists

Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Armand Guillaumin, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are the Impressionist artists.

Facts about Impressionism 2: Claude Monet

As we know that Claude Monet was known as a famous French artist who had great influence in the movement of Impressionism Art. Oscar Claude Monet is his full name. He was born on November 14, 1840. Impression, Poppies, On the Bank of the Seine, Sunrise, Camille – The Woman in Green, The Water Lily Pond, and Bennecourt are some examples of his famous paintings.

Claude Monet
Claude Monet

Facts about Impressionism 3: Painting techniques

There are many kind of painting techniques, including impasto, effets de soir, wet-on-wet, or alla prima.

Facts about Impressionism 4: Impasto

Impasto is a technique of painting with emphasis on the canvas in order to make the brush is visible.


Facts about Impressionism 5: Effets de soir

Effect of light which is caused by the twilight, darkness, and sunset is known as effects de soir. This technique can be done by painting during evening to get the effects.

Facts about Impressionism 6: Alla prima

The use of oil painting is needed in the Alla prima technique. Where the layers of wet pain is used to previous layers.

Alla prima
Alla prima

Facts about Impressionism 7: The charcteristics

There are many characteristics of the Impressionist painting, such as open composition, small, thin, visible brush strokes, accurate depiction of light, and visual angles, etc.

Facts about Impressionism 8: The name of the style

Claude Monet work influenced the name of the style. The title of his work is Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which is painted in 1872.

Impression, Sunrise, 1872
Impression, Sunrise, 1872

Facts about Impressionism 9: The Subject

The subject of impressionism is what the people saw in the world or things around them. For example: their family, their friend, their home, the town where they lived, etc.

Facts about Impressionism 10: Ordinary things

Ordinary things is a part of our daily life. Impressionist painters liked to paint it. There are many example of ordinary things such as students doing homework, teachers teach student, and ballet dancers doing exercises.

Edgar Degas, The Ballet Lesson, (1875)
Edgar Degas, The Ballet Lesson, (1875)

We have talked facts about Impressionism. Are you interested tp read this article? Do you know other facts about it? Hopefully this article will help you to know more about it. Enjoy reading.

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