impressionism

Claude Monet: Rejecting the Traditional Approach

On November 14 in 1840, one of the founders of the Impressionism movement was born on the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte, in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. Oscar-Claude Monet started this movement along with his friends Renoir, Sisley and Bazille. The famous French painter rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting, instead of […]

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Degas – the Impressionist who disliked Impressionism

Best known for his depictions of dancers, Degas was one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. He began painting from a young age and had turned a room in his house into a studio by the age of 18. He met and revered fellow artist  Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, who gave him this advice:  […]

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The scandalous art of Edouard Manet

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” Edouard Manet One of the most influential artists of the 19th century Edouard Manet was born on 23 January 1883 to a wealthy Parisian family with strong political connections. His father was a judge, and his mother was a daughter of a diplomat and […]

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Henri Matisse

Today, along with the preparations for the New Year’s Eve festivities, we are celebrating the 142nd birthday of one of the most prominent figures in modern art – Henri Matisse. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, on 31 December 1869.  Having studied law and worked in a law office in Paris, Matisse discovered his passion […]

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Claude Monet – The Creator of Impressionism

“Light is the principal person in the picture” (Claude Monet) The French painter Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840. His work was so revolutionary and created so much impact that until today it is difficult not to place him as one of the greatest painters of all times. Monet was one of the […]

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Happy Birthday to Claude Debussy!

Claude-Achille Debussy, one of the world’s greatest composers, was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on the 22nd of August in 1862. He is best known for his contributions to impressionist music. His rich and easily distinguishable chord progressions have made a lasting impression on the European musical landscape. Debussy’s main instru­ment was piano. His com­po­si­tions for […]

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