Impressionism Essay Examples

The beginning of the end for classical art

The general perception of what was art had changed often and radically in the hundred years before mid twentieth century. Great shifts in the Western art world had led from classical painting to impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, cubism, dada and abstract expressionism. Impressionism is the name for the style of a group of nineteenth-century French artists… View Article

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s “At the Moulin Rouge”

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s “At the Moulin Rouge” displays a unique and personable version of the night life in Paris. The painting is done in oil on canvas and was created near the end of the Impressionist era. Toulouse-Lautrec however, does not use the dramatic colors as some of the early Impressionistic paintings. There are no flowers,… View Article

Impressionism and Post Impressionism

In Paris in the late 19th century (1874-1882), several artists who called themselves the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc. organized an exhibit that launched the movement called Impressionism. These artists, such as Eduoard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Mary Cassatt, sparked worldwide following and revolutionized Western conceptions of painting…. View Article

A Discussion on Realism and Impressionism

The world was changing dramatically in the late 18th century. In North America, the British colonies had successfully revolted against the English empire and formed the United States of America. Fueled by this success, Europeans began to feel a strong desire for change, most notably in France, where the search for liberty led to the… View Article

Claude Monet- Impression, Sunrise

Throughout the years, Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise has been celebrated as the quintessential symbol of the Impressionist Movement. This renowned work of art which illustrates a view of the port of Le Havre in north-western France is considered to be one of Monet’s “most poetic expressions” of his engagement with France’s revitalization efforts after the… View Article


1. Dadaism- was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Many claim Dada began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter but the height of New York Dada was the year before in 1915. To quote Dona Budd’s The Language of Art Knowledge. Dada was born out… View Article

Impressionistic Painting and Music

Looking at the painting of the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet entitled Impression: Soleil Levant and listening to Claude Debussy’s Claire De Lune produces a potent mixture of tranquillity of the senses. This is because the eyes see a very relaxing image in Monet’s Impressions Soleil Levant; while the ears find a very relaxing tune… View Article

Impressionism: Art and Literature

Impressionism, the history started in the 19th century. A group of French artists has rebelled in their work of art by painting the things around them. Among them are Berthe Morisot, Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir. The term ‘impressionism’ was coined by an art critic named Louis Leroy regarding a painting from Monet in… View Article

Impressionism & Expressionism

In art there are many different movements and time periods in which to immerse oneself and study. In such movements, one may come to the conclusion that often times, one art movement begets another-either as a way to reinvent that era as in the Renaissance touching upon classic Greek and Roman sculpture or in the… View Article

Impressionism – Monet and Renoir

Impressionism was the name given to one of the most important movements in art history. It was the first of modern movements. Its aim was to achieve ever greater naturalism by a detailed study of tone and colour and, by an exact rendering of the way light falls on different surfaces. This interest in colour… View Article

Baroque and Impressionism

Baroque art refers to the style that would be found in Europe and North and South America during the 17th and 18th century. The Catholic Church heavily influenced their art, as well as the Protestant rising up during this time. There was an emphasis on unity and harmony in all of the visual arts that… View Article

Vincent Van Gogh “The Night cafe”

For my report I decided to walk through the Yale Art Gallery. While looking through the museum I stumbled upon a painting that really caught my eye like no other painting did. This specific oil painting was called “Le Café de nuit” which is French for “The Night Café” made by Vincent Van Gogh in… View Article

Monet’s Waterlilies

For as long as I can remember, water lilies have always been a sign of peacefulness to me. This is one of the reasons I have always been drawn to Claude Monet’s Bridge over the Water-lily Pond (1905). The green hues in this piece bring me a feeling of happiness. The Bridge over the Water-lily… View Article

Paul Cezanne, Pines And Rocks

Paul Cezanne, Pines and Rocks, 1896-99 Oil on Canvas Museum of Modern Art This simple painting of a small, intimate landscape is a good example of Paul Cezanne’s mastery of the impressionist style. The scene is of a rocky path, possibly a hiking trail on the side of a mountain, and a few trees that… View Article

Steven Crane’s A Red Badge of Courage

Literary impressionism is exemplified by the writer Steven Crane. Though many themes of writing styles writing styles such as realism and naturalism lend themselves to Crane’s works, it is the combination of components from these styles with impressionism that gave Steven Crane his own unique panache. An understanding of of many organic features of impressionism… View Article