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International Travel — Europe
Paris, France
Paris Attractions
Musée d'Orsay (d'Orsay Museum)

— "Impressionism"

The Magpie by Claude Monet (1968)
The Magpie by Claude Monet (1869)

"Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you"
- Claude Monet

"Impressionism"
Impressionism (a 19th century art movement) began when a group of artists from Paris (including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and other artists) began a public display of their works at their first Nadar studio exhibition in 1874. They broke with the tradition of painting inside a studio to painting outside — featuring outdoor scenes and nature, and portraying people in everyday life, using visible brush strokes and light, vibrant colors.



French critic Louis Leroy coined the actual term "impressionism" in his 1874 article entitled "Exhibition of the Impressionists," based on one of Monet's paintings — "Impressionism Sunrise" 1872 (a view of the port of Le Havre in the mist). In the article, he harshly declared... "Impression, I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it — and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! A preliminary drawing for a wallpaper pattern is more finished than this seascape."

The term "Impressionists" was born — and today, Impressionism is recognized as one of the most important art movements in the 19th century.

Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists were influenced by Japanese prints which were discovered in the 1860s.

Utagawa Hiroshige, Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido
Utagawa Hiroshige, Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1856, color woodcut

Japanese prints were Claude Monet's passion. The French Impressionist painter's home at Giverny is filled with works by Hiroshige (pictured above), Hokusai, Utamaro and other masters of ukiyo-e — "floating world pictures." Other preeminent artists who collected Japanese prints during the Impressionist era included Manet, Degas, Whistler, Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.



The last Impressionist exhibition was held in Paris in 1886.


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Traveling Impressionist Exhibits
— San Francisco, CA 2010

"Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay"
at the de Young museum

"Impressionist Paris: City of Light"
at the Legion of Honor

"Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay"
at the de Young museum

"Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism"

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View of the Marseille Gulf from L'Estaque by Paul Cezanne (1878-1879)
View of the Marseille Gulf
from L'Estaque by Paul Cezanne (1878-1879)

Rue Montorgueill, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878 - Claude Monet
Rue Montorgueil, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878
by Claude Monet (1878)

"La Loge" (The Theatre Box" by Pierre Auguste-Renoir at Impressionist Paris: City of Light at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, California
"La Loge"
(The Theatre Box)

by Pierre Auguste-Renoir (1874)

The Dancing Lesson by Edgar Degas (1873–1876)
The Dancing Lesson
by Edgar Degas (1873–1876)

A Dance in the Country by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)
A Dance in the Country
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)

Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh (1888)
Starry Night over the Rhone
by Vincent van Gogh (1888)

"The Fife Player" by Edouard Manet (1866)
The Fife Player
by Edouard Manet (1866)


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