Though it's now an art staple, impressionism hasn't always been so popular. At its inception in France during the latter 1800s, its practitioners turned well-established "art rules" upside down by utilizing visible brushstrokes, vivid color and nonrealistic depictions in their work. Artists such as Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Cassatt, Leroux and Gauguin created bold works that both delighted and shocked... More >>>