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The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet

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.

Paintings by Henri Fantin-Latour

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.

Paintings by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

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.


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.

Paintings by Edouard Manet

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.

Paintings by Camille Pissarro

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.

Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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.

Paintings by Paul Cezanne

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.

Paintings by Georges Seurat

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.

Paintings by Berthe Morisot

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.

Paintings by Alfred Sisley

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.

Paintings by Mary Cassatt

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.

Paintings by Paul Gauguin

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.

Paintings by Paul Signac

Paul Signac is not the most famous of the Impressionists, but he was an important figure in the history of the movement. He made the transition from Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism. Read about the career and see the artwork of Paul Signac.

The Talisman by Paul Serusier

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.

Paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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.

Are there secret messages in da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'?

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.

How the Human Blockhead Works

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.

How Sword Swallowing Works

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!

How can someone lie on a bed of nails without getting hurt?

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.

How can someone walk across broken glass without getting hurt?

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.

Fantastic Four's Canon Report Card

"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.

How Stone Lithography Works

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.

Battling Blockbusters: Fighting Against Superman

It began with an e-mail from a reader who asked "Who would win in a fight -- a Jedi Knight or Superman?" That was all it took for us to wonder how Superman would fare against other stars from movies, books and comic books.

How Kryptonite Works

Most of us know that kryptonite is lethal for Superman, but do you know the precise scientific explanation for its effect? Find out just what it does to Superman and then consider what your own 'kryptonite' might be.