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France is best known for its classical literature, the Statue of Liberty gifted to the United States, and famous Impressionist artists combined with an intriguing history and colorful past. The Palace of Versailles, The Seine, and the Eiffel Tower all stand as testament to this countries rich creative background. But perhaps what many people appreciate the most are the famous artisans such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Edouard Manet.

Impressionist artwork popular because of the thin, fine brush strokes, use of light, and open composition. Generally, the subjects are commonplace, and familiar with an emphasis on movement associated with the human experience. Sometimes, the angles are unusual and tend to provide a unique look at the subject matter at which Impressionist artists excelled at portraying.

The true Masters of the styles were considered by many to be rebels of their time. Academic painting had very stringent rules, and the leaders of the movement definitely disregarded the acceptable norm of the period. In fact, many of these artisans were very unpopular with the critics, but gained public approval slowly over time.

Early Impressionist artists often considered themselves realists. Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, and Frederic Bazille were close friends and would often work together. As young men, Edouard Manet often led discussions and lessons teaching the young men. As the movement grew, Armand Guillaumin, Paul Cezanne, and Camille Pissarro would join the group studying under Manet.

Edgar Degas was not only a painter, but gained fame for his sculptures, drawings, and printmaking. He was an exceptional draughtsman, and well known for using dance as a subject. Over half of his subjects all concerned dancing in some form. While still a teen, Degas received permission to work in Paris as a copier. Back then, a copier would try to replicate the artwork of other Masters such as Michelangelo. Pieces such as The Dance Class, L’Absinthe, and Place de la Concorde cemented his place in history.

Camille Pissarro is another example of famous Impressionist artists. His preferred subject matter was landscapes at which he excelled. Pissarro was considered a role model and father figure for many painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, and Paul Gauguin. The aged Pissarro suffered from a continuous eye infection that left him unable to work outdoors most the time. Later subject matter was viewed through a closed window. However, many critics claim his later work was his best with pieces such as Hay Harvest at Egrany, View of Rouen, and Avenue de l’Opera.

Oscar Claude Monet was a pivotal figure for the movement. The majority of Claude Monet paintings concentrated on light and form rather than the realistic nature of the subject matter. Hence, Impressionism was a label placed on the works created by Monet, and the term stuck. Though Monet struggled with poverty and depression during his lifetime, today his work is highly respected and desired.

Changing how society views a painting is never easy. The Impressionist artists that paved the way for future generations of painters and appreciators may not have been highly regarded in their time, but that changed.  As the movement grew, people came to welcome the change, and enjoy the fine masterpieces of the style.


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