Impressionism was the epoch in art which marked the beginning of modern times. For the relatively short period of twenty years, from the middle of the 19th century until approximately 1875, Impressionism was style forming. Then the dissolving tendencies became increasingly stronger. A number of artists remained true to the style, some of them lifelong, well into the 20th century. Others, after years of experimenting with other styles, returned to their Impressionistic beginnings. However, they were individual personalities with their own artistic hand. Quite a few painters entered the circle of Impressionism after 1875 and used the perceptions of this art in their later works. However, Impressionism had outlived its usefulness as a style forming element; it was in the process of changing in a meandering way to many varied forms of painting. Admittedly, without the intensive years of Impressionism, without its awakening of new and clear views, the development of modern art would certainly not have taken the spirited dynamic course which allowed art to become an adventurous journey into completely new dimensions at the turn of the century and in the 20th century.
Impressionism as an art style is a compression of individual artistic attempts, coinciding with constant change and in the individual variety of every participating artist; basically a number of individual artistic biographies with a minimum of common ground and far removed from any still stand, subject to a continuously changing process of development.

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Lesson#1 Claude Monet
Lesson#2 Edgar Degas
Lesson#3 Gustave Caillebotte
Lesson#4 Berthe Morisot
Lesson#5 Claude Monet
Lesson#6 Paul Cezanne
Lesson#7 Vincent van Gogh
Lesson#8 Auguste Renoir
Lesson#9 Edgar Degas
Last Update March 18, 2002