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1874 Exhibition

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Impression Sunrise
Impression, Sunrise

Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers

123 Champs-Elysees

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 – Saturday, June 8th, 2024

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The following is information from Wikipedia about this piece which started the Impressionism movement.

Taking particular notice of Impression, Sunrise (1872), a hazy depiction of Le Havre port and stylistic detour, he coined the term "Impressionism". Conservative critics and the public derided the group, with the term initially being ironic and denoting the painting as unfinished. More progressive critics praised the depiction of modern lifeā€”Louis Edmond Duranty called their style a "revolution in painting". He later regretted inspiring the name, as he believed that they were a group "whose majority had nothing impressionist".

The total attendance is estimated at 3500. Monet priced Impression: Sunrise at 1000 francs but failed to sell it. The exhibition was open to anyone prepared to pay 60 francs and gave artists the opportunity to show their work without the interference of a jury. Another exhibition was held in 1876, again in opposition to the Salon. Monet displayed 18 paintings, including The Beach at Sainte-Adresse which showcased multiple Impressionist characteristics.