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A Brief Introduction to Impressionist Painters

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) and Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) are the two artists recognized as the founders of the art form known today as Impressionism.  Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883), Jacob Camille Pissarro (1831 – 1903), Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906), and Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas (1834 – 1917) are all famous impressionist painters.

Their works and/or reproductions of their original works and the works of many artists who embraced this artistic technique are purchased and displayed in art galleries and museums and homes and offices all around the world.

  • Question of

    When the term “impressionism” was first used, it was meant to be an insult. In other words, the art critic was NOT impressed.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    The painting technique developed by Monet and Renoir was called:

    • Abstractionism
    • Broken-color painting
  • Question of

    Though Monet and Renoir worked together, when it came to what they chose to paint there was a clear divide. One artist did landscape paintings. The other chose female nudes. Which artist painted landscapes?

    • Claude Monet
    • Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Question of

    The Monet painting which was not received favorably by the art critics but which is now recognized as the art piece that gave rise to the Impressionist Movement was titled:

    • Impression, Sunrise (depicts the port of Le Havre at sunrise)
    • Garden at Bordighera, Impression of Morning
  • Question of

    Claude Monet is best known for his painting titled “The Luncheon on the Grass”.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Many of the paintings of Jacob Camille Pissarro were lost and then found. Lost because the Nazi regime in the early 1930s forced Jewish owners to give up their art collections. Found years later after WWIII on display in various galleries and museums in Europe and the USA.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    A painting by Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas titled “The Boy in the Red Vest”, considered one of the best portraits, was stolen and later recovered and valued at $91 million.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Paul Cézanne is given credit for being a founder of the art movement called Impressionism. He did not appreciate the label. He preferred to be called a realist.

    • True
    • False

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