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Painting Techniques Used In Impressionism

Impressionism is considered to be the first distinctly modern art movement. It started in the 1860s in Paris and then spread all over Europe and the U.S. At that time, the generally accepted method of painting was photo-quality realism - the artists created a highly blended finish with invisible brushstrokes, taking their time to finish the artwork in a matter of days, months, or even years. Impressionists, on the other hand, wanted to capture the momentary effect of a scene - an impression of it, usually finishing the painting in one session. The subject of an impressionist painting is a landscape, an everyday scene, or still life of everyday items. Light is essential to impressionists, so they left their studios...

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