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"You can imagine how painful the loss of Renoir has been to me: with him goes part of my own life. All I've been able to do these last three days has been to go back over our early years of struggle and hope. It's hard to be alone, though no doubt it won't be for long, as I'm feeling my age increasingly as each day goes by, despite what people say." - A letter from Claude Monet, Giverny, December 1919

Feature Exhibits
An Introduction
Explore the origins of Impressionism, and in particular, the contributions of some of the major players, including Courbet, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Whistler, Gauguin, and others.
Interactive Timeline
Follow the leaders, followers, movers and shakers of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements in our interactive timeline! Read letters, memoirs, and third party accounts as you explore a chronological library of the Impressionist movement.
A Circle of Friends
The French Impressionists of turn of the century Paris were a tight-knit group of artists - more so than you may know. Come and explore their world, including the famous Cafe Guerbois and our interactive guide to Montmartre!
The Circus Influence
Many of the movement's most prominent artists were deeply inspired by the 19th century circus. Explore the circus art of Lautrec, Renoir, Seurat, and more!
Ladies of Impressionism
While most of the Impressionists were men, several important female artists contributed significantly to the movement. Explore the world of the Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, and others!
Trials and Tribulations
While we admire the works of the great Impressionists today, the road to fame wasn't easy. Explore the fascinating trials and tribulations of some of the great masters of Impressionism!
Batignolles & Montmartre
During the late 19th century, the windmilled village of Montmartre, and the neighboring Batignolles Quarter, became home to some of the most important artists of the Impressionist movement.

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