Impressionism

In April 1874 a group of young artists defied the official Paris Salon by setting up their own independent exhibition. Held at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, it became known as the first ‘Impressionist’ exhibition, comprising works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot. They were interested in capturing nature in the moment, bringing painting - traditionally an indoor activity - outdoors where they could observe their subject directly.

This feature provides a brief introduction to Impressionism, looks at highlights of our collection, and includes a video revealing the Impressionists' interest in the natural world and working ‘en plein air’.

The Impressionists

The Impressionists

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\'En plein air\' video

\'En plein air\' video

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Highlights

Highlights

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