How Did the Word "Impressionism" Come About?

by Rachad Ihani

Monet's Le Havre, France

Monet's Le Havre, France

Pretty much like other art movements before and after.

"Impressionism" actually came about in Paris at the first exhibition of the Societe Anonyme Cooperative by accident when Monet needed a title for his "Le Havre" painting and told a critic to put it in the "impression" category - and that is how "Impressionism was born.

At this first exhibition there were many other famous painters exhibiting which includes Degas, Pissaro, Sisley and Cezanne etc. but "impressionism" is well-known for 19th-century landscape art. See Turner's landscapes which barely gives an "impression" but something bordering on "abstractism."

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