Impression Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet
Claude Monet painted this Impression Sunrise in 1872. Monet was once asked why he chose the title Impression for the work that became the critical flash point in the first Impressionist exhibition. He answered that he had painted his own impression of the spectacle of a blood red sun cutting through the misty atmosphere rather than a portrait of Le Havre Harbor.
Just as this painting gave a name to the movement, Monet's approach defined Impressionism as the artist's desire to capture the fugitive effects of nature.Continue to the next page to learn about Jean Monet on His Hobby Horse, an informal portrait of Monet's young son.