Making an impression

Paris in the 1860s was an exciting city full of beautiful buildings, gardens, parks, theatres, and restaurants. The artists in the city loved to gather in cafes and talk about art and life. It was here that a group of young artists decided to change the old style of art. They wanted to be free to paint in their own way. The word “impressionism” was first used to describe this new way of painting by a critic who did not like it. He meant that the painting looked as if it was not finished. But the artists liked the name and used it to describe their art. This is how Impressionism was born.

The camera was invented around this time and that gave artists new ideas. Impressionist paintings began to look more like photos. In the past, the main subject was usually in the centre of the painting. Impressionist

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