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.
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.
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.
Via Manet- Lilacs in a Glass
With just small brush strokes and masterly use of color, a bouquet is created.
Cucuel was an American impressionist who lived and worked in Germany.
The fluid movement of the dance captured beautifully.
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.
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.
I'm not very familiar with his work but I'm going to find out more!
Via The shadows in the Impressionism
What a magnificent impression created with so few colors.
I'm such a water baby and this appeals to me so much.
Pissarro is considered the "Dean of Impressionist Painting" for the way he held the group together.
Tarbell was one of the infamous Ten American Painters
The way Renoir has captured shadows and light is amazing.
American Helen M. Turner's paintings had four themes: interiors, women in nature, portraits of women, and landscapes.
Frenchwoman Morisot was described as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.
So evocative of a Mediterranean scene.
If you're ever in France visit Monet's garden at Giverny.
The Impressionists brought very familiar sights to life in a
I just adore Cucuel's women.
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.
The use of strong and bold colors makes this stand out among other impressionist paintings.
Streeton was a leading member of the Heidelberg School, aka Australian Impressionism
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!
Winslow Homer is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.
Many impressionist paintings rely on subtle and delicate strokes and colors.
English artist Alfred Sisley focused on landscapes and figures were only incidental to the scene.
And like Monet, Sisley believed in the importance of presenting the same landscape/subject through the seasons and different times of day.
I really enjoy the impressionist paintings that make you
work a little to discern all the components in a scene.
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?