A new edition of Art Essentials reveals the lesser known figures and dimensions of Impressionism, the movement that appalled 19th century Parisian society and went on to become one of the most recognisable and popular painting styles in the world.
Most students and lovers of art can recognise an Impressionist painting – the lively dabs of paint, the fresh colours, the “on the spot” rather than studio setting, and the shift from grand mythological or historical narratives to everyday scenes, most notably the boulevards and cafes of Paris, or idyllic boating and picnic spots outside the city. Today, the once renegade modernist movement is beloved around the globe, summoning flocks of gallery-goers from Shanghai to Seattle, not to mention top dollar at auction.
But the familiar ideas we have about Impressionism are still only a partial story, honouring certain artists and themes, to the detriment of the bigger picture – not least its female practitioners. With the release of Art Essentials:Impressionism, we take a look at five often of the movement’s lesser-known painters and dimensions.