Famous Impressionist Works

The following paintings mark the history of Impressionism and post-Impressionism. We have purposefully excluded Monet’s paintings as an entire page will be dedicated entirely to his famous works.

Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, 1862-1863

Initially called The Bath (Le Bain), this painting was part of the exhibition at the Refused Works of Art Fair in 1863. The public was shocked by the representation of a nude woman among clothed men.

La grenouillère by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Grenouillère, 1869

This painting shows The Frog Pond (La Grenouillère), a very popular place along the banks of the Seine where polite society could be seen. There was also a restaurant. The Frog Pond was the place to be in summertime where people came to bathe and to go canoeing.

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Le foyer de la danse by Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, le Foyer de la danse, 1872

Degas chose to paint a place that bore witness to the cultural and daily life of Paris at the time: the Opera on Peletier Street. The scene depicts a dance room where girls rehearse for a ballet.

Le Berceau by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot, Le Berceau, 1872

Here Morisot evokes motherhood and the loving gentleness between a mother and child.

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Le Pont à Villeneuve-la-Garenne by Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley, Le Pont à Villeneuve-la-Garenne, 1872

Sisley painted the bridge and the shores of the Seine that run the length of Villeneuve-la-Garenne during summer. He also painted Rives de Seine, Villeneuve-la-Garenne (banks of the Seine).

Gelée Blanche by Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro, Gelée blanche, ancienne route d'Ennery, Pontoise, 1873

Pissarro chose to paint nature at its simplest; a frozen-over patch of countryside at sunrise where a peasant walks, clutching a bundle of sticks. At this time, Impressionism is doing very well.

Etude by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, Étude – Paysage à Auvers, 1873

Cézanne lived in a period where he was heavily influenced by the Impressionist movement. He decided to study it to eventually find his own, unique style. He was helped by Camille Pissarro who he met up with at Pontoise in 1872 and then by Vincent Van Gogh who he met up with at Auvers-sur-Oise in 1873.

Claude Monet peignant by Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet, Claude Monet peignant dans son atelier, 1874

Manet painted a portrait of his dear friend, Claude Monet, who was himself in the middle of painting while on his boat in Argenteuil.

Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette, 1876

This painting was exhibited during the Impressionist Fair in 1877. There Renoir painted some of his friends among the crowd, depicting a joyous ambiance.

Le Pont de Moret by Alfred SisleyAlfred Sisley, Le Pont de Moret, 1893

 

Sisley painted the bridge at Moret-Sur-Loing, a town rich in history with preserved ramparts. He painted a series on this town where he lived until his death in 1899.

Giverny is where it all began with Claude Monet, who founded the impressionist movement.