From Academism to Impressionism

The period from 1848 to 1914 is one of the richest in the history of painting. Reacting against the Academism of the Salons, Realist painters like Courbet, and the young Impressionist artists led by Manet, strove to bring new life to forms and subjects, in an exuberant outpouring of diverse talents. They brushed aside the traditional criteria of good taste, and laid the foundations of modern painting.

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