A bunch of ragtag artists in Paris, including Monet and Renoir, overthrew aesthetics and invented Impressionism. They dared to dab their paintbrushes. France’s establishment was unimpressed. Art critics panned the Impressionists’ first gallery opening in Paris in 1874 — the term “impressionism” was actually an epithet coined by one such fussy critic. But the French public loved impressionism, strict realism be damned. Soon it was exported to America, crossing the Atlantic in the opposite direction of... More >>>