Ch 19: Impressionist Art

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Check out the brief, engaging video lessons in this chapter on impressionist art. These lessons can be used to assist with homework, study for an art history test or learn more about this memorable art movement.

Impressionist Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Despite harsh criticism from the conventional artists in Paris in the 19th Century, artists like Monet and Manet left an undeniably enduring impression on the landscape of art history, contributing some of the most recognizable paintings to date. Watch the video lessons in this chapter on impressionist art to review the characteristics and artists famous for this style. Each lesson is followed by a short, multiple-choice quiz for self-assessment. Take the chapter exam to ensure you retained what you set out to learn. Expert instructors are a click away to answer any questions along the way. These lessons help you to understand:

  • Impressionist and expressionist art as rebellion
  • How impressionism influenced architecture of the late 19th Century
  • The social and historical context of the impressionist era
  • The urban renewal of Paris in the late 19th Century and how impressionist art was involved
  • Famous works and influence of Manet, Degas, Rodin, Homer and Sargent
  • Japanese woodblock printing
  • The relationship between photography and impressionist art

Video Objective
Impressionist Art: Characteristics & Artists Explore the identifying aspects of impressionism, and discuss key artists within the movement.
The Impressionists and Expressionists of Post-Realist Art Compare and contrast how impressionist and expressionist art broke the artistic norms of their predecessors.
Late 19th-Century Architecture: Characteristics, Materials & Famous Works Using famous examples, describe the characteristics and materials used in architecture of the late 19th Century.
Social & Historical Context of Late 19th-Century Art & Architecture Provide famous examples that illustrate the social and historical context influencing art and architecture in the late 19th century.
Georges-Eugene Haussmann's Urban Renewal of Paris Understand the motives and advantages of Haussmann's urban renewal of Paris.
The Shifting Styles of Edouard Manet's Art Describe how Manet's style changed between the 1860's and 1880's.
Representations of Movement in the Art of Edgar Degas Using famous examples, explain Degas' approach to formal immobility and mobility.
Influence of Photography on Impressionism Provide famous examples of how photography affected art in the impressionistic era.
Influence of Japanese Woodblock Printing on Impressionists Describe the technique of Japanese woodblock printing and use famous examples to show how this style influenced impressionistic artists.
Reflections of Impressionism in Auguste Rodin's Sculptures Identify the impressionistic features of Rodin's sculptures.
Comparing French Impressionism & Realism in the Works of Homer & Sargent Using famous examples of the art of Homer and Sargent, compare and contrast impressionism and realism in French art.
Comparing Formalism & 'Art for Art's' Sake Relate formalism and aesthetics of 'art for art's sake' to impressionism.
Contemporary Urban Life in Impressionist Paintings Describe contemporary urban life using examples of famous impressionist paintings.

13 Lessons in Chapter 19: Impressionist Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Impressionist Art: Characteristics & Artists

1. Impressionist Art: Characteristics & Artists

In this lesson, we will explore Impressionism. We will learn about the founding of the Impressionist movement, the major characteristics of Impressionism, and a few of the primary Impressionist artists.

The Impressionists and Expressionists of Post-Realist Art

2. The Impressionists and Expressionists of Post-Realist Art

In this lesson, we explore the two main artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Impressionism and Expressionism. Both significantly broke with artistic norms of previous generations.

Late 19th-Century Architecture: Characteristics, Materials & Famous Works

3. Late 19th-Century Architecture: Characteristics, Materials & Famous Works

In this lesson, you will explore the architecture of the 19th century CE and discover how empires and materials both influenced styles of building. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Social & Historical Context of Late 19th-Century Art & Architecture

4. Social & Historical Context of Late 19th-Century Art & Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore major social and historical developments of the 19th century that influenced art and architecture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Georges-Eugene Haussmann's Urban Renewal of Paris

5. Georges-Eugene Haussmann's Urban Renewal of Paris

In this lesson, you will explore the renovation and renewal of Paris, led by Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Shifting Styles of Edouard Manet's Art

6. The Shifting Styles of Edouard Manet's Art

In this lesson, you will explore the artistic styles of Edouard Manet and the popular artistic styles of the late 19th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Representations of Movement in the Art of Edgar Degas

7. Representations of Movement in the Art of Edgar Degas

In this lesson, you will explore the art of Edgar Degas and discover how he managed to create a distinct sense of motion in his paintings. Then, test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Influence of Photography on Impressionism

8. Influence of Photography on Impressionism

In this lesson, you will examine the role that photography played in the development of 19th-century artistic styles, most notably Impressionism. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Influence of Japanese Woodblock Printing on Impressionists

9. Influence of Japanese Woodblock Printing on Impressionists

In this lesson, you will explore the French artistic style of impressionism and discover how Japanese woodblock prints inspired French artists. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Reflections of Impressionism in Auguste Rodin's Sculptures

10. Reflections of Impressionism in Auguste Rodin's Sculptures

In this lesson, you will explore the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin and discover how impressionism influenced his philosophy about art and his actual sculptures. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing French Impressionism & Realism in the Works of Homer & Sargent

11. Comparing French Impressionism & Realism in the Works of Homer & Sargent

In this lesson, you will explore the use of both realism and impressionism by American artists in the 19th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Formalism & 'Art for Art's' Sake

12. Comparing Formalism & 'Art for Art's' Sake

In this lesson, you will explore two different philosophies about the purpose of art and ways to analyze art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Contemporary Urban Life in Impressionist Paintings

13. Contemporary Urban Life in Impressionist Paintings

In this lesson, you will explore the subject of urban life in impressionist paintings of the late 19th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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