They are from the “Impressionist” Era. • Originated in France in 1870’s • Characterized by small brush strokes • Reproduced artists’ visual “impression”
Major “Impressionistic” Artists • Monet • Degas • Renoir • Pissarro • Cassatt
Monet was the leader of the group. • Painted still lifes in different lighting • Had a manservant clean the lily pads of soot in the mornings • Painted many times the same subject or view
Monet painted… Water lilies…
Mary Cassatt was an impressionist. • She was an American. • She painted mothers and children. • She had no children of her own. • She was friends with Degas, who also is an impressionist.
Mary Cassatt painted… Children on the Beach
Edgar Degas • Considered the master of drawing the human figure in motion • Known for paintings of ballerinas • Drew scenes of horse races and race tracks
Degas is famous for… Dancers
Impressionism • Each work is based on immediate visual impression of a scene. • Each work is study of light and atmosphere and • play of reflections and color.