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How did impressionism get its name?

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March 08, 2011 4:50PM

Several French painters in the 19th century decided to paint in a new way-- not realistically, making every detail true-to-life, but rather focusing on their impression of the subject. Claude Monet's piece "Impression, soleil levant" (Impression, sunrise) is the root of the term Impressionism.