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What exactly are impressionism paintings?
The Impressionist movement can be traced to Paris in the 1860's where a group of four artists, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Albert Sisley and Frederic Bazille were studying together. The concept of impressionism oil paintings evolved from this very specific time. These artists shared a love of painting landscapes and contemporary life, rather than the previous tradition of historical and mythological scenes and it is what made impressionist paintings new and interesting. The impressionist artist painted outside, en plein air, and their use of strong colors and depiction of sunlight are key features of the Impressionist style, making the Impressionism oil paintings captivating artwork. The name Impressionism originated from Monet's painting of the port of Le Havre, in 1872, named Impression, Sunrise. Many famous paintings can now by enjoyed as impressionist replicas. Some art critics of the time derided impressionist paintings as unfinished whilst they received praise from others for their representation of modern life.
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