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An Introduction to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism


Image: Impressions: soleil levant (Impression: Sunrise), Claude Monet, 1872

As you make your way through this section of the museum, be ever mindful that in Paris in the 19th
century, existed the artistic climate that fostered one of the most remarkable developments in the history of art. Where the whole language of painting was made into a more expressive instrument for the transmission of human feelings and emotions. Courbet and Manet; Degas, Monet, and Cezanne; Seurat, Gauguin, and van Gogh: the list of names summarizes what is surely one of the greatest artistic achievements of mankind, and one that we in the 20th century cherish for its continuing relevance to our times.
The Artist Becomes Independent (Gustave Courbet)
Composition for its Own Sake (Edouard Manet)
Recording Nature and Light (Claude Monet)
Recording Figures and Movement (Degas and Renoir)
Painting of Time (Claude Monet)
Structure and Space (Paul Cezanne)
Color and Composition Systematized (George Seurat)
The Artists as Rebel and Visionary (Paul Gauguin)
Color as the Vehicle of Human Emotions (Vincent van Gogh)
The 1890s: A Period of Waiting (Henri de Toulouse Lautrec)
Activity Outside of Paris (James Whistler)

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