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Realism & Impressionism

Understand the transition of art from Realism and Impressionism to Modernism by examining the central ideas, historical backgrounds.

Jean-Francois Millet’s “The Gleaners” embodies the dignity of laborers, symbolizing social ranks gleaners in sympathy. Describing an old tradition, the painting idealizes the labor movement, placing the lowest social rank in the forefront. Transitioning from Realism to Impressionism, Edouard Manet’s distinctive style, marked by quick brushstrokes and flat finishes, influenced the Impressionist movement. The term “Impressionism” originated with Claude Monet’s painting “Impression, Sunrise” in 1874, defining a revolutionary approach where form gradually dissolved into colors, capturing the essence of the moment.

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