Monet’s Critics –

You know you’re good at your job when an entire artistic movement is described by a word you once used to name your painting.

But the origin of the Impressionism phrase came not from admiration but a critical attack.

Monet’s “Impression” painting received this scathing and sarcastic review from art critic Louis Leroy in the French newspaper Le Charivari –

“Impression – I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it… and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.”

While Leroy’s goal was to dismiss Monet’s painting which was so different at the time, and in his opinion, “wallpaper in its embryonic state,” he actually helped launch Monet’s popularity.

The term “Impressionism” grew from that critical review and started to gain interest and acceptance.

Leroy’s takedown of the emerging impressionistic art form backfired.

Monet was now at the leading edge of this movement, obsessed with a new way to display light and color on a subject.

His obsession only grew by the day.

What’s your favorite Monet painting?

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