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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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