Impressionism

Impressionism was, as art movements go, fairly short–and yet very influential. Its members discovered “modern” life, including the excitement of shopping centers and made-to-order clothing, at the same time as they converged to form what we now call “Impressionism.” And almost everybody hated them!

Among their number were Édouard Manet, known for his Olympia and Le déjuner sur l’herbe (nothing like a naked lady who actually looks one in the eye–terribly gauche, and just not done), and Berthe Morisot, aristocractic and the creator of delicate paintings, often of women and children. They were also embroiled in an emotional affair, lined out in the timeline Once Upon a Time: A Family Affair.

 

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