19th Century Oil Paintings
What was the art style in the 19th century?
In 1800, at the turn of the 19th Century, Neoclassicism was the dominant style of painting in Europe which had developed in the 18th Century as part of a larger decorative style that encompassed architecture, sculpture and the decorative arts.
In America during the 1800s, people were exploring the vast new terrain and were documenting it with beautiful oil paint on canvas, wood, and anything else they could get their hands on. Some of the most beautiful American landscape paintings ever made were hand painted in the 19th century.
But later in the 1800s Impressionism began to dominate the art scene.
What is the name of the style of painting that the 19th century was known for? Impressionism.
Impressionism is a late 19th century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities often accentuating the effects of the passage of time, ordinary subject matter, unusual visual angles, and inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.
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