Impression, sunrise

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Dr. Reza Kibria

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures


"Impression, sunrise", Claude Monet, 1872, 48x63 cm, oil on canvas,  Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Claude Monet (1840-1926) sought to project the mood and impression of a scene in his paintings, eschewing the prevailing conventions of line and form.  “Impression, sunrise” shows the port of le Havre (his hometown) in the early morning haze. Critics were initially dismissive of this important and vastly influential work which is regarded as having given the Impressionist movement its name (although the term already had been used to describe the work of Daubigny and Manet). When it was first exhibited in 1874 it failed to sell at the asking price of 1000 francs.