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5 Notable Impressionist Artists

Developed in France in the nineteenth century, Impressionism is based on spontaneously painting ‘on the spot’ and typically outdoors, as opposed to in a studio from sketches. As a fine art dealer, Victoria Fine Art offers a range of impressionist paintings for sale online, including plenty of landscapes and scenes of everyday life that feature heavily in a wide selection of impressionist paintings. Here’s our shortlist of 5 notable impressionist artists.

Claude Monet

The first impressionist artist that it is imperative to mention is, of course, Claude Monet. Impressionist was initially developed by Monet, alongside other artists who were based in Paris in the early 1860s, meaning that Monet was central to the development of the impressionist movement. As a leading French impressionist landscape painter, Monet exhibited in most of the Impressionist exhibitions, where the title of one of his paintings (Impression, Sunrise) led to the naming of the movement.

Camille Pissarro

Another notable impressionist artist is Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro, a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. In 1873, Pissarro helped to establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, and as a result became the “pivotal” figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members. Pissarro was famously titled the “dean of the Impressionist painters” by notable art historian John Rewald, not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also “by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warm-hearted personality”. 

Paul Cézanne

No conversation, or indeed article, on impressionist artist would be complete without mention of Paul Cézanne. As a fine art dealer specialising in impressionist art and offering customers the opportunity to buy impressionist art online, I greatly admire the work of Cézanne and the variety of representation and influence of his work. Cézanne is said to have bridged the gap between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s Cubism, and his distinctive style is immediately recognisable despite the wide reach of the movement. His famously exploratory, often repetitive, brushstrokes are highly characteristic, often using planes of colour and small brushstrokes to form complex fields. 

Walter Richard Sickert

Although impressionism originated in France, it also had great influence overseas. One of the core British impressionists is Walter Richard Sickert, who was recognised both during his own lifetime as an important artist and in the years since his death. His reputation makes him one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British art. As a pupil of Whistler and a co-worker of Degas in Paris, Sickert returned to England in 1905 where he became the main influencer for avant-garde French painting in British art.

Mary Cassatt

This short list of notable impressionist artists wouldn’t be complete with mentioning one of the most influential female artists of the movement. Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker who, although born in Pennsylvania, lived much of her adult life in France. She exhibited with many of the impressionist artists above and her work focussed heavily on both the social and private lives of women. Her striking paintings that often depicted the intimate bonds between mothers and children are both moving and beautiful.

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The Collectors Guide Part 2: An Overview of Buying European Fine Art

The second instalment in our collector’s guide series of articles is a helpful overview of the ins and outs of how to buy European fine art. As an art dealer who regularly sells European fine art online, it’s safe to say that Europe has had an enormous influence on the arts of a variety of other cultures for many centuries. As the arts typically reflect society as a whole, they have naturally evolved as a direct result of the interactions with other societies over the course of time, as well as their own cultural artefacts born out of previous civilisations.

European Art & Cultural Identity

There is undoubtedly an obvious cultural identity in European Art. From the Renaissance to the present day, European artists have typically been influenced and inspired by the various cultures that they encountered while travelling. This exchange of ideas has naturally led to the development of new styles and genres of art, as well as the spread of existing ones.

Formed in 1951 with The Treaty of Paris, Europe’s influence on the arts of other cultures is extensive. The European art forms of music, dance, literature, architecture, sculpture, and painting have had a significant effect on the cultural development of communities across the globe.

Choosing to Buy European Art

Of course, the monumental transition from the historic old master styles into new modernity was slow. But it can be separated into ten predominant periods of European art history where the cultural styles and identities of each movement undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping not only the region but a plethora of immensely talented and subsequently famous European artists.

So whether you’re interested in buying European fine art from the Renaissance period of 1400-1600, the Romanticism movement from 1750-1890, or the Impressionist period of 1870-1920, research into what appeals to you from each movement is a great place to start. European art is so varied and diverse that often a significant amount of exploration is needed to even know where to begin on your journey to buying European art. 

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As an art dealer who sells fine art online, it’s always at the forefront of my mind that current and potential clients keep a close eye on the Victoria Fine Art website when buying European art online. We have a full category on the website devoted to European art, which includes a variety of paintings with subjects ranging from landscapes, still life, town scenes and animals.

If you have any further questions regarding the wide selection of European fine art to buy online at Victoria Fine Art or wish to set up an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to complete this form, telephone +44 (0)1727 861669 or email for more information.