Paris gave birth to the Impressionist art movement in the 19th century. The Impressionists were originally considered radical because the form breaks the conventions of academic painting at the time. It was also the first time that paintings were done outdoors because the artists felt as though they could better capture the sunlights effects while experiencing them. Moving the focus in academic paintings from details to overall color effects in Impressionism was not well accepted by the conventional art community in France. In fact, the name of the style, Impressionism, was inspired by a satirical article focusing on Claude Monet's Impression, soleil levant, or Impression, Sunrise.
Impressionism also heralded other painting styles, such as cubism, fauvism, Post-Impressionism, and Neo-Impressionism.
The characteristics of Impressionist art include: