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Impressionism is a 19th century art movement. What was to become a painting movement began as a private association of Paris-based friends who exhibited together publicly for the first time in 1874. The name comes from Monet's famous picture Impression, soleil levant (see here [1] (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/monet/first/impression/impression.jpg)), 1873, which was singled out for criticism by Louis Leroy[?] on its exhibition.

See also Impressionist music

A girl with a watering can
by Renoir, 1876
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Impressionism as Painting Technique

The Impressionist approach to painting is usually identified with a strong concern for light in its changing qualities, often with an emphasis on the effects of a particular passage of time.

Impressionism is still widely practiced today, and a variety of successive movements were influenced by it.

painters who showed in the Impressionist exhibitions

Pigeons have been trained to distinguish between cubist and impressionist paintings; see discrimination abilities of pigeons for details.

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History of painting

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