Impressed by Impressionism

Can you picture yourself in Paris? Send yourself back in time, around the 1800’s perhaps. It’s interesting isn’t it, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the sensation of being alive.

Pierre Auguste Renoir-Pont Neuf, Paris 

The Impressionist movement began in France with a few artistes, maybe you’ve heard of them: Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, & Pierre-Auguste Renoir just to name a few. They took what was the standard for art and threw the rules to the wind. Instead of painting images that were pompous and grandeur they depicted life differently. They proved that the everyday life can hold just as much beauty as a portrait of royalty.

Gustave Caillebotte-The Floor Scrapers

As with any revolutionary, or free thinker these artistes were criticized:

“Five or six lunatics, one of them a woman, have met here to exhibit their works. Someone should tell M. Pissarro forcibly that trees are never violet, the sky is never the colour of fresh butter, that nowhere on earth are things to be seen as he paints them.”-La Figaro, 1876

This movement shook things up, and paved the way for more radical thinking, creativity, and expression. It was shocking, pushed the boundaries, and embraced the common everyday as something special.

Claude Monet-An Orchard

We are so impressed by The Impressionism Movement  that we’ve decided to celebrate it by offering 30% Off of Everything in our gallery, giving you the opportunity to explore different Impressionist artists and the movement. But hurry, the sale ends Friday, 4/11!

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Wanting even more Impressionism? Check out The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s Intimate Impressionism Exhibit