Claude Monet - Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (c. 1875)
"Although the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and their Impressionist colleagues is all over calendars, mouse pads, mugs, scarves, and posters today, back when these artists first began exhibiting their new style, most people weren’t impressed. This lecture will introduce you to the who, what, when, where, and why of Impressionism—the major artists, the social and political context, and the eight exhibitions mounted by the group, which, although often affected by dissention, were quickly branded avant-garde by critics." -source
Next week: Paris, Provence, and Paradise: Post-Impressionism.