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Guide to Impressionism: History, Characteristics, and Artists

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 6 min read

Impressionism was the artistic movement that paved the way for modern art. The work of painters like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Morisot represented a radical break from established conventions of French art during the nineteenth century. Since Impressionist art is now one of the most popular and well-known art movements, it is hard to imagine that during their own time, the Impressionists created art that was then considered shocking and groundbreaking.