Influence of Photography on Impressionism


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What technological innovation threatened the status of painting in the 19th century?

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1. How did photography influence the subjects of art?

2. Which of these is not an aspect of photography that influenced styles of painting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the most important technological developments in the 19th Century, in terms of its impact on the art world, was photography. Specifically, photography proved greatly influential on the artistic movement known as Impressionism. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how photography influenced Impressionist art. Some things you'll be assessed on include what threatened the status of painting in the 19th Century, how photography influenced the subjects of art, and aspects of photography that influenced painting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying what threatened the status of painting in the 19th Century
  • Recognizing how photography influenced subjects of art
  • Identifying aspects of photography that influenced painting
  • Defining Impressionism
  • Knowing how Impressionism was a reaction to photography

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the influence of photography on Impressionism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific qualities of Impressionist art, and how those qualities were influenced by photography
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on Impressionism and interpret it in terms of the concurrent development of photography

Additional Learning

To learn more about photography and Impressionism, review the accompanying lesson on the Influence of Photography on Impressionism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the challenge photography posed to 19th-century artists
  • Examine how photography impacted artists' works
  • Learn the characteristics of Impressionist art