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Styles of Impressionist Paintings Impressionist painting was born in the 19th century and was initially considered a radical movement that broke the rules of academic painting. Originating with a small group of artists based in Paris, French Impressionist painting was initially rejected by the establishment before gaining immense popularity. By the end of the 19th century, Impressionist paintings had become widespread in the Salon: the authoritative institution on fine art in Paris. The Impressionist style is defined by small, thin brushstrokes, unconventional angles, and a commitment to accurately depicting light and movement. The idea behind the technique is to show the overall look and feel of a scene rather than sticking to rigid lines and contours. In the 20th century, Impressionist painting was not restricted to France. There were a large number of American Impressionist painters, as well as others around the world. Impressionism also inspired new styles itself, including New Impressionism and pointillism. Subjects in Impressionist Paintings Impressionist painters generally painted outdoors, ‘en plein air’, so Impressionist landscape paintings, beach paintings, and other natural themes are typical. Impressionist painters focused on ordinary subject matter; day-to-day scenes, everyday life, and simple settings. As a result, there is a range of Impressionist paintings of Paris, where the movement was born, of figures, and of daily scenes. Because Impressionism is concerned principally with light and movement, the paintings’ actual subjects are often secondary to the overall visual effect they create. Impressionist landscape paintings and Impressionist paintings of water, for example, often convey the look and feel of the outdoors and the natural world rather than sticking to strict realism, contours, and defined lines. Materials Used in Impressionist Paintings Perhaps more so than any other primary style of Western art, Impressionism was defined and driven by technological advances in painting materials. Before the mid-19th century, working with oil paints outside of the studio was complicated, as it involved carefully mixing pigment with oil. However, with the invention of the metal paint tube, Impressionist oil painting could be more spontaneous. It could leave the confines of the studio, to create the ‘en plein air’ style. Pure Impressionism tends to avoid black paint, relying on greys and the merging of darker colors to create shadow and contrast. While the most famous Impressionist painters worked in oil paint, more modern times have produced plenty of Impressionist acrylic and watercolor paintings. Famous Artists of Impressionist Paintings The most famous Impressionist paintings tend to be by the small, original group of artists who founded the movement in Paris in the 19th century. Four painters in particular - Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, and Frédéric Bazille - are generally considered the fathers of Impressionism. Indeed, the movement took its name from a Monet painting, Impression, Soleil Levant. Throughout the 19th century, other artists joined the original group. Henri Mattisse, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas are probably the most famous later Impressionists, as well as the American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt and the German Impressionist painter Max Liebermann.