shape. Louis Leroy, a critic who viewed the painting, was unsympathetic to the developments taking place in art toward the end of the 19 th century and called the work an “impression.” It was meant to ridicule Monet’s work (and the work of his peers in general), however, it led to the naming of one of the most exciting movements and phases in art history – Impressionism. The formidable Paris Salon rejected the work,

Impression, Sunrise , and the new movement decided to hold its own shows. The first Impressionist exhibition took place in 1874 – a radical move by Monet and his fellow artists desperate to escape the “tyranny” of the traditional shows. Monet consistently explored how to further his own development. He became an advocate of plein air (outdoor) painting – leading to some of the most exquisite landscape works that captured real events and how they

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