Impressionism is a 19th-century
The Impressionists faced harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a
Radicals in their time, early Impressionists violated the rules of academic painting. They constructed their pictures from freely brushed colours that took precedence over lines and contours, following the example of painters such as
Impressionism emerged in France at the same time that a number of other painters, including the Italian artists known as the
The public, at first hostile, gradually came to believe that the Impressionists had captured a fresh and original vision, even if the art critics and art establishment disapproved of the new style.
By recreating the sensation in the eye that views the subject, rather than delineating the details of the subject, and by creating a welter of techniques and forms, Impressionism is a precursor of various painting styles, including