With “The Birth of Impressionism” being such a big exhibition earlier this year at the de Young museum in San Francisco and now at the Frist Center in Nashville, it seemed fitting to discuss some of the most famous Impressionists. Of course to start, there is Claude Monet painter of Impression, Sunrise – the work from which the movement Impressionism got its name. Monet later went on to create such famous masterpieces as those in his Water Lilies series and The Japanese Bridge. Paul Cezanne, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissarro were also among those considered the original Impressionists. Mary Cassatt, known mainly for her paintings of mothers and children, was part of some of the later exhibitions of the Impressionists. Edgar Degas is also often grouped with the Impressionists although he did not go along with a lot of the
practices common to the Impressionists including painting en plein air. If you can’t make it to see an exhibition with works by the Impressionists in person, A&E created a documentary titled the Impressionists a few years ago which helps bring these artists and their works to life on screen. For more on Impressionists or other artist sites, visit the Studio of the South.