Impressionism is an artistic movement that was born in Paris in 1870, and lasted until the first XX century. The paintings that were defined as “impressionist” are known for their small, thin, distinguishable brush strokes, aiming to emphasize the mutating effect of light on reality. The subjects are taken from everyday life, often portrayed from unusual angles.
To display their works, often refused by the official Salons, this group of artists organized independent expositions, openly contesting the artistic rules dictated by the Academy of Arts.
The movement’s name is taken from the title of Claude Monet’s opera Impression, Soleil Levant (‘Impression, the rising sun’); a critic used the word for the first time in an article in a derogatory sense.