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Towards the later half of the nineteenth century many artists were pursuing new avenues in their artistic representations They were perturbed at the rigid and constricting regulations of the Salon and some artists decided to form and independent exhibitionCluade Monet and his friends founded the Socit anonyme de artistes etc and continued to pursue an alternative to the Salon On April 15th 1874 this group of artists held their own show that directly challenged the authority of the SalonEventually Monet and his colleagues became known as the Impressionists which stems from one of his works that was displayed at the first show Impression Sunrise This painting was hardly recognized at the primier exhibition but has since become a very significant work Monet had just returned to Paris after the end of the Franco-Prussian War and he felt that the country was in desperate need of a resurgence of nationalism His painting Impression Sunrise is a landscape of the avant-port of Le Havre which was the second largest port in France The depiction of a richly commercial location can be interpreted as patriotic ode to a revitalized France It shows a site that all Frenchmen would have been proud of and seems to celebrate the renewed strength and beauty of the country Tucker 157 This canvas testifies to the citys economic and commercial prowess through innovative techniques that possess a sense of renewal These new methods of rendering an image became the backbone for a new art movement ImpressionismIn conclusion Claude Monet and his comrades were pioneers in the field of art Their antagonistic views of the traditional Salon led to new ground-breaking techniques for representing an image on a canvas Their paintings at the first Impressionist Exhibition of 1784 contained sketchy renderings and an unfinished feel which left some critics looking for more In contrast a number of critics praised the Impressionists for their bold triumph of a new art that
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