National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: The Beginnings of Impressionist Landscape

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image of Bathing Time at Deauville image of Beach Scene at Trouville image of Beach near Etretat
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image of Flood at Port-Marly image of Boulevard Héloïse, Argenteuil image of Orchard in Bloom, Louveciennes
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In 1841 an American artist invented collapsible metal tubes for oil paints. For impressionists, who often painted out-of-doors, this new convenience was indispensable. About the same time, railway expansion was making the countryside more accessible: new lines connected Paris with Normandy and with towns along the Seine that became home and subject for many impressionist painters. Our strongest image of these artists is out-of-doors, hats shading their eyes, easels alongside a riverbank as they transcribed fleeting effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape. (continue)


1Eugène Boudin, Bathing Time at Deauville, 1865
2Eugène Boudin, Beach Scene at Trouville, 1863
3Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Beach near Etretat, c. 1872
4Alfred Sisley, Flood at Port-Marly, 1872
5Alfred Sisley, Boulevard Héloïse, Argenteuil, 1872
6Camille Pissarro, Orchard in Bloom, Louveciennes, 1872
7Camille Pissarro, The Fence, 1872