Contemporary Urban Life in Impressionist Paintings


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What is impressionism?

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1. What is impressionist about Caillebotte's Paris: A Rainy Day?

2. Why do scenes of the city seem to often focus more on the streets and buildings than the people?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Impressionism was an artistic movement popular in the late 19th century, especially around Paris, France. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of contemporary urban life in impressionism. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of impressionism, impressionist qualities in specific works, and why city scenes in impressionist paintings often focus more on streets than people.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to:

  • Define impressionism
  • Identify impressionist qualities in specific works of art
  • Know why impressionist paintings of cities usually focused more on the streets than on people
  • Recognize what would have made contemporary viewers cognizant of passing through time in specific works of art
  • Review Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding contemporary urban life in impressionism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how contemporary urban life affected impressionist painting
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on impressionism and interpret its themes and focus correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about impressionist art, review the accompanying lesson Contemporary Urban Life in Impressionist Paintings. This lesson covers the following works:

  • Paris: A Rainy Day
  • La Place du Théâtre Français
  • Le Moulin de la Galette
  • Bar at the Folies-Bergère