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Impressionism (1860-1900)

For the visitors of the exposure organized by some young painters in 1874, works, if liked today constituted a true shock. The impressionists refused traditional conventions and the official painting of workshop. They combed in the open air and their subjects were neither mythological, neither historical, nor religious. They became the painters of the daily newspaper, the rowers, the small rats of the Opera, the "impressions" of nature. And precisely because they combed in the open air and not in workshops exposed to a cold light, their colors were more sharp, clearer and luminous, the shades themselves were coloured, the faces were strewn with shone upon reflections, while contours became vaguer, vaguer. It is this new life given to the color by the light which makes the charm of the impressionist fabrics.