My favorite art movement is Impressionism and I can happily spend hours in museums and galleries looking at impressionist paintings. It's an art movement that is hugely popular today, far more popular than it was contemporaneously. At the time it completely rewrote the rules of painting - creating "impressions" through light and shade and color, rather than defined lines and shapes. There are modern impressionists but I've compiled a small selection of impressionist paintings from the classic era of the 1860s to the early 1900s for you to enjoy.
1. Water Lilies - Monet
It's hard to say the Water Lilies is my favorite impressionist painting because it is in fact a collection of eight huge paintings that stand floor to ceiling. They hang in a dedicated room in the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. When you see pictures of it online and in books etc, you're only seeing small sections.