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Impressionism Impressionism is classed as one of the most important artistic movements of the nineteenth century The style of work which the impressionists produced changed the way a lot of people approached art Most art critics would agree that the Impressionists pioneered what is known today as Modern Art 20th Century Art Some of the fore-figures of the movement are Claude Monet Auguste Renoir and Edgar Regas Although at the time that the Impressionists who called themselves The Realists lived they were not really appreciated Their work is now immensely popular and can often be seen on teh front of greeting cards address books diaries mugs and even posters advertising companies Most people will recognise many of the famous paintings produced by the Impressionists I think that the members if the Impressionist group could see how popular their work is todat they would be greatly shocked as during their lives they recieved nothing but scorn and abuse Claude Monet was born on November the 14th 1840 in Paris Monet is regarded as a French painter initiator leader and unanswering advocate of the Impressionist style He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement were unwavering throughout his logn career His youth was spent in Le Havre where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting by his early mentor Boudin from whom he derived his strong affection for painting en plein air out of doors In 1859 he studied in Paris ar the Atelier Suisse and formed a friendship with Pissarro After two years military service in Algeirs he returned to Le Havre and met Jongkind to whom he said he owed the definitive education of my eye He then in 1862 entered the studio of Gleyre in Paris and there met Renoir Sisley and Bazille with whom he was to form the heart
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