Impressionism (1860-1900)
Most efforts have been concentrated on developing materials related to Impressionism. The Impressionists are unrivalled in their popular appeal and their paintings are among the best loved in the world. Drawn together by a common desire to bring a new kind of realism to painting, they astonished their contemporaries with their revolutionary treatment of colour and light. Sunlight and dappled water, the evanescent atmosphere of outdoor scenes and fleeting moments in everyday life characterize their work at its most delightful.