The evolution of these types of paintings was due largely to a shift in the way that they were being created. The Impressionist movement was brought about by an attempt to forever capture a singular moment in time: the accurate depiction, or “impression”, of the way that light alters the perception of a subject. This was achieved by applying paint in small, thin brush strokes and using a vivid, intense color palette. Impressionist paintings were largely undetailed but strikingly bold in their use of color.
Often, Impressionist painters created their work outdoors, either at sunrise, sunset, or another moment of the day when the light was vivid, which inspired the colors that the artist chose to use on the canvas. The use of uncommon angles and the attempt to capture moving subjects, such as in Impression, soleil levant by Claude Monet, which depicts boats moving slowly across a harbor, were also important facets of the Impressionist movement. The objective of Impressionist art was to capture the artist’s unique perception of the subject matter, at the exact fleeting moment that they first saw it. Some of the most famous Impressionist artists include: Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, and Pierre Auguste Renoir.