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In April 1874 a group of young artists deifed the prestigious Paris Salon, the official exhibiting body in Paris by setting up their own independent exhibition. Held at 35 Boulevard des Capucines, it became known as the first Impressionist Exhibition. It has here that the painter Claude Monet exhibited his harbour scene, Impression: Sunrise, which was to give the movement its name.
The Impressionists had come together as a group during the 1860's. They rejected the old fashioned tenets of the French Academy with its emphasis on draughtsmanship, finish and historical subject matter. Instead they aimed to capture the transience of nature, the fleeting moment.
They embraced the ideas of the writer Charles Baudelaire, who encouraged artists to leave their studios and paint their immediate environment.
Published: 1st January 2003
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.2 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.135