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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

Water Lilies - Monet Via Claude Monet - Water Lilies, ...

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.

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2 Woman at the Garden - Renoir

Woman at the Garden - Renoir Via Favourite paintings

Along with Monet, Sisley and Bazille, Renoir was one of the founders of the Impressionist movement. He generally liked to include at least one person in his paintings.

3 Lilacs in a Glass - Manet

Lilacs in a Glass - Manet Via Manet- Lilacs in a Glass

With just small brush strokes and masterly use of color, a bouquet is created.

4 The Bathing Beauty - Cucuel

The Bathing Beauty - Cucuel Via American Impressionist Painter - Edward ...

Cucuel was an American impressionist who lived and worked in Germany.

5 Dance in the City - Renoir

Dance in the City - Renoir Via Art_Impressionism

The fluid movement of the dance captured beautifully.

6 Dancers in Blue - Degas

Dancers in Blue - Degas Via Edgar Degas ~ Impressionist painter ...

Degas' favorite subject was ballerinas. He painted and sculpted them.


Degas' painting Dancers in Blue is a perfect example of his work as an impressionist painter. The painting portrays a group of ballet dancers in a rehearsal room with the focus on the central figure. The painting captures the gracefulness of the dancers and the atmosphere of the rehearsal room. The painting is an example of the use of light and shadow to create a sense of depth and movement. Degas often used pastel colors to create his works and this painting is no exception. Dancers in Blue is a beautiful example of Degas' work as an impressionist painter and is sure to leave an impression on anyone who views it.

7 The Umbrellas - Renoir

The Umbrellas - Renoir Via Umbrellas - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - ...

I saw this at an exhibition which had x-rays that showed the various large scale alterations Renoir made before settling on his final arrangement of people. His original attempt was quite different.

8 Canal in Venice - Martin

Canal in Venice - Martin Via Canal in Venice - Henri ...

I'm not very familiar with his work but I'm going to find out more!

9 The Stroll – Monet

The Stroll – Monet Via The shadows in the Impressionism

What a magnificent impression created with so few colors.

10 Catching Neptune - Manet

Catching Neptune - Manet Via Manet - Catching Neptune - ...

I'm such a water baby and this appeals to me so much.

11 The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning - Pissarro

The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning - Pissarro Via Camille Pissarro | The Boulevard ...

Pissarro is considered the "Dean of Impressionist Painting" for the way he held the group together.

12 Girl with a Sailboat - Tarbell

Girl with a Sailboat - Tarbell Via It's About Time: Beach

Tarbell was one of the infamous Ten American Painters

13 The Swing -Renoir

The Swing -Renoir Via Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Swing (La ...

The way Renoir has captured shadows and light is amazing.

14 Morning News - Turner

Morning News - Turner Via Helen M. Turner (1858-1958) American ...

American Helen M. Turner's paintings had four themes: interiors, women in nature, portraits of women, and landscapes.

15 On the Balcony - Morisot

On the Balcony - Morisot Via a man with a past

Frenchwoman Morisot was described as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.

16 View of the Old Port, Saint-Tropez - Bonnard

View of the Old Port, Saint-Tropez - Bonnard Via urgetocreate

So evocative of a Mediterranean scene.

17 The Garden at Giverny - Monet

The Garden at Giverny - Monet Via Claude Monet: Oil on canvas ...

If you're ever in France visit Monet's garden at Giverny.

18 Pont Neuf -Pissarro

Pont Neuf -Pissarro Via All sizes | Camille Pissarro ...

The Impressionists brought very familiar sights to life in a
new way.

19 The Yellow Parasol - Cucuel

The Yellow Parasol - Cucuel Via flickr.com

I just adore Cucuel's women.

20 Rouen Cathedral- Monet

Rouen Cathedral- Monet Via Rouen Cathedral, Morning Sun, Blue ...

Monet painted the facade of Rouen Cathedral more than 30 times. Each time it was a different composition of light and shade, inspired by different periods of the day.

21 The Room of Flowers - Hassam

The Room of Flowers - Hassam Via Ill Seen, Ill Said

The use of strong and bold colors makes this stand out among other impressionist paintings.

22 Loch Ard Gorge - Streeton

Loch Ard Gorge - Streeton Via Blog of an Art Admirer: ...

Streeton was a leading member of the Heidelberg School, aka Australian Impressionism

23 Lilacs in a Window - Cassatt

Lilacs in a Window - Cassatt Via Mary Cassatt: Lilacs in a ...

American Mary Stevenson Cassatt often painted images of the social and private lives of women, particularly focusing on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. But she did just pretty pictures of flowers too!

24 Along the Road - Homer

Along the Road - Homer Via ALONGTIMEALONE

Winslow Homer is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.

25 Blossom at Dennemont - Conder

Blossom at Dennemont - Conder Via Blossom at Dennemont - Charles ...

Many impressionist paintings rely on subtle and delicate strokes and colors.

26 Snow at Louveciennes - Sisley

Snow at Louveciennes - Sisley Via Crashingly Beautiful

English artist Alfred Sisley focused on landscapes and figures were only incidental to the scene.

27 Garden Path in Louveciennes -Sisley

Garden Path in Louveciennes -Sisley Via wikipaintings.org

And like Monet, Sisley believed in the importance of presenting the same landscape/subject through the seasons and different times of day.

28 Deauville Pier - Boudin

Deauville Pier - Boudin Via 50 pinturas impresionistas - el ...

I really enjoy the impressionist paintings that make you
work a little to discern all the components in a scene.

29 The Watering Place - Robinson

The Watering Place - Robinson Via Theodore Robinson - The Watering ...

Theodore Robinson was one of the first American Impressionists. He was inspired by a visit to Monet's garden at Giverny.

There are some magnificent Impressionist paintings. I enjoy them all but love Monet's Water Lilies most. What your art passion?

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