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Arts give us a way to explore our lives and the lives of others, whether it's on canvas, on-stage or on a page.

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Odilon Redon was part of the first group to really pose a challenge to the Impressionists, offering an alternative venue for progressive art. His work was evocative, fantastic and mysterious rather than rigorous and scientific. View his paintings.

By Debra N. Mancoff

The Banks of the Oise by French impressionist Charles-Francois Daubigny is a luminous example of a plein air composition. This oil on canvas painting is housed in Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, France. Learn more about this painting.

By Debra N. Mancoff

As a an outspoken advocate of "realism," a modern approach that was frank in style and unsentimental in expression, impressionist painter Gustave Courbet used a dark palette to paint depictions of ordinary life. View some of his seascape paintings.

By Debra N. Mancoff

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The Gleaners is Jean-Francois Millet's most famous Impressionist painting. The Gleaners is an oil on canvas which can be seen at Musée d'Orsay, Paris. See The Gleaners and learn why Millet painted the life of rural France.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Henri Fantin-Latour was inspired by Impressionists' innovative style and honored famous artists and the intellectual elite in his paintings. See why he is best known for his Impressionist portraits, and view examples of his works, including a portrait of Edouard Manet.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas is famous for his Impressionist paintings of dancers. They composed over half of his works. See examples of his art and learn about his technique of creating a sense of spontaneous observation in his paintings.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Impressionism is a form of art developed in the late 19th century as a rejection of conventional style. Famous Impressionist artists include Edouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. See colorful images of Impressionist paintings.

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Going against contemporary ideas of art, Edouard Manet brought the modernist point of view into direct conflict with conventional standards. His resistance attracted artists such as Claude Monet, who joined together to form the Impressionist movement. See Manet's paintings.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Camille Pissarro was one of the original Impressionists known for his plein air technique. Later, when the Impressionists became a major force in the art world, he advocated most strongly for the new generation of progressive artists. See his works.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Pierre-Auguste Renoir became an influential Impressionist through his brilliant use of color. His works focused on capturing the spirit and sophistication of urban entertainment. View his paintings and learn about his career.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Although Paul Cezanne was known as an Impressionist, Cezanne only participated in two Impressionist exhibitions. His independent vision prompted him to move away from Paris and withhold his works as he focused on nature's structural order. See his paintings.

By Debra N. Mancoff

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Informed by recent discoveries in optical theory, Georges Seurat had developed a method of applying dots of pure pigment on his canvas in close juxtaposition, later to be known as Neo-Impressionism. Learn about the life and art of Georges Seurat.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Berthe Morisot was one of the few women included in the circle of painters known as the Impressionists. Some of her work examined the day-to-day lives of contemporary women, all with grace and itimacy. Learn about the works of Berthe Morisot.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Though Alfred Sisley never found the fame that some of his fellow Impressionists did, he was instrumental in the rise of the famous movement. Studying alongside Monet, his landscapes and plein air techniques that make him a good example of the Impressionist movement.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Mary Cassatt was one of the few women and the only American invited to join the Impressionists. Throughout Mary Cassatt's career her intimate portrayal of women's lives added a dimension to the subject of female modern life. See the artwork of Mary Cassatt.

By Debra N. Mancoff

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Impressionist Paul Gauguin is most famous for his paintings of native life in Tahiti. The later part of his career he separated from the Impressionist movement and led the next generation of artists. See this revolutionary painter's artwork.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Paul Serusier met Paul Gauguin in 1888 and shortly afterward painted The Talisman. The Talisman is a suggestive arrangement of colors on a two-dimensional surface. Read about the Impressionist Paul Serusier and his enigmatic work.

By Debra N. Mancoff

Before there was the movie, there was Impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He became famous for his depictions of Parisian nightlife, including a painting titled, "At the Moulin Rouge". See the artwork of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

By Debra N. Mancoff

For years, amateur theorists and art historians have considered whether "The Last Supper" contains hidden imagery. In this article, we'll explore this idea and the mysteries behind it.

By Jacob Silverman

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The human blockhead act involves a performer hammering a nail into their nostril. Learn about the human blockhead and how the human blockhead avoids injury.

By Tracy V. Wilson

Sword swallowing is an extremely dangerous trick that doesn't involve illusions. How can it be real? We'll show you — with explanations and diagrams of the interactions between swords and the upper GI tract. Just don't try this at home!

By Tracy V. Wilson

In circuses, sideshows and other venues, lying on a bed of nails is an expression of a performer's stamina, bravery and imperviousness to pain. In reality, it's a matter of pressure transference and has been practiced for years around the world.

By Tracy V. Wilson

A magician or street performer walking barefooted across broken glass is a dramatic spectacle. Find out how people can walk across glass without hurting themselves.

By Tracy V. Wilson

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"Fantastic Four" hit the big screen in 2005, a decade after Roger Corman produced the first Fantastic Four movie. Learn how the unreleased 1994 movie and the new Fantastic Four movie franchise compare to the source material.

By Jonathan Strickland

Today artists use stone lithography to produce fine art prints but 150 years ago it was THE color-printing technology. It's an incredible art form. Take a photo-filled look at this fascinating process.

By Marshall Brain