Impression, Sunrise is a painting by Claude Monet. Shown at what would later be known as the “Exhibition of the Impressionists” in April 1874, the painting is attributed to giving rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. Impression, Sunrise depicts the port of Le Havre, Monet’s hometown, and is his most famous painting of the harbor. Impression, Sunrise is displayed at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.
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Facts About Painting
- Monet originally named the painting Marina, but changed the title to Impression, Sunrise (Impression, Soleil Levant) for the 1874 Exhibition catalog listing. Little did he know, Impression, Sunrise would become the name of a historical art movement.
- The scene painted in this Monet painting was of the harbor of LeHavre, in France. It characterizes Monet’s work throughout his lifetime.
- While on vacation, Impression, Sunrise was sketched, while Monet was looking out his window one spring morning. Monet’s quick sketches, or pochade, capture a particular light effect, therefore are very spontaneous.
- An interesting observation about this painting is that although the sun seems to be much brighter than the rest of the scene, if viewed removing all color, the sun almost disappears. This supports Monet’s mastery of depicting light effects on scenes which he painted.
- Once called an abstract piece of unfinished work by critics, over one-hundred years later, Monet’s work Impression, Sunrise is part of a historic art movement, and Monet helped to make a name for the Impressionistic artists as well.