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Impressionism was a 19th century art movement that began as a
loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting
their art in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from
Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).
Critic Louis Leroy inadvertently coined the term in a satiric
review published in Le Charivari.
Characteristics of Impressionist painting include
visible brushstrokes, light colors, open composition, emphasis
on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects
of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, and unusual
The influence of Impressionist thought spread beyond
the art world, leading to Impressionist music and Impressionist
Impressionism also describes art done in this style,
but outside of the late 19th century time period.