From the 1860s, a group of young avant-garde artists in Paris forged an entirely new style of painting, one that came to be known as impressionism. In this gallery, we present 50 paintings that made a major contribution to changing both the conservative art world and public taste so that artistic conventions could be broken by artists now free to express themselves as they wished. From Claude Monet to Paul Gauguin, these men and women, chose new subjects, colours, and techniques to create an art style that remains one of the most popular ever produced anywhere.
I wanted to make of impressionism something strong and enduring, like the art of the museums.
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