What is impressionism? The nature of
this movement in painting can be
understood from its name. After all,
impression in French means
something fleeting, special, grasped
by the moment. It is sometimes so
beautiful, that artists find it
impossible not to stop and depicture it
In 1874, an exhibition was held, at
which Monet’s Impression. Soleil
Levant was presented. The name of
the painting was essential for the
entire art movement. The artwork’s
still images had the freshness of air,
colors and feelings. Joy of life and
delight in its moments are the main
motifs of impressionism.
Painters of France did not neglect
discoveries of scientists in optics, and
these discoveries served art well.
Scientists suggested splitting the
sunbeam into seven colors of the
rainbow, and impressionist artists
gladly took advantage of this finding.
If you place two paints next to each
other and not mix them, the effect will
increase. Scientists invented steel
tubes for paints, and artists went to
work in the open air. An important
difference from the artists of the past,
introduced by impressionist artists,
was work in the open air, when
paintings were created in the places
that were depicted on them.
The image seemed to be immediately
transferred from nature to the canvas.
The artworks were supposed to
flicker, vibrate, and revive. Figures in
impressionist paintings cast not black,
but colored shadows.
Impressionist artists sort of spied on
the life of the city, on the pastime of its inhabitants and the details of its