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I signed up for a class in French Impressionism, mostly to fill out my schedule, not for any particular reason.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  popular school of late 19th century French painters who used dabs of color to give an impression of their subject rather than a photographic-like depiction
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Impressionism began as a loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant). Critic Louis Leroy inadvertently coined the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.

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  • I signed up for a class in French Impressionism, mostly to fill out my schedule, not for any particular reason.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The violence inside was almost cartoonish, like the work of some mad impressionist who painted only in red.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Before long, everyone in the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg—the men out there scouring the continent for hidden libraries, concealed prayer scrolls, closeted impressionist paintings—will be handed rifles and sent into the fire.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was raining harder now; the fat drops were falling too fast for the windshield wipers to keep up with them, making it look as though we were headed straight into an Impressionist’s vision of West Virginia.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • We talked philosophically at some length about this, but in the end, and in the most inoffensive manner, she maintained a breezy attitude toward the source of the family wealth, observing with a sort of resigned amusement that "the Worm certainly bought some fantastic French Impressionists."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jules’s face was like an Impressionist painting—blurred around the edges, lacking detail.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • (never forget you aren’t one of them, my junkie pal from Accounts had whispered in my ear when he’d seen me socializing among important clients at an Impressionist and Modern Art sale ….
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • These were the gardens in which Claude Monet had experimented with form and color, and literally inspired the birth of the Impressionist movement.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The London streets are an Impressionist painting of slick cobblestones, orangey streetlamps, well-manicured hedges, and clusters of black umbrellas.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • He loved to paint large figures, full of light, but not merely made up of lights and cast shadows, like the impressionists; rather definite figures that had a certain luminous quality, like some of Michael Angelo’s people.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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  • There were two matching crystal lamps, one on each of the nightstands, and an Impressionist landscape painting hung on the wall opposite the closet.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • In the doctor’s reflections, Darwin was next to Schelling, the butterfly that had just flown by next to modern painting and Impressionist art.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He was turning his back on the impressionists and working out for himself painfully an individual way not only of painting but of seeing.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He opened a folder with a report on security at a museum where a big exhibition of French Impressionists was opening soon.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • After the revolution, all the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual activities of men would be cared for by such "free associations"; romantic novelists would be supported by those who liked to read romantic novels, and impressionist painters would be supported by those who liked to look at impressionist pictures—and the same with preachers and scientists, editors and actors and musicians.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He teaches fine arts at the college there, an abstract impressionist.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Post Impressionism, indeed!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • They compassed the whole arc of the circle, merging towards the west in a horizon that was fierce, almost garish in coloring, like an impressionist backdrop done by some half-mad genius.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A vast crowd had gathered in the reviewing stand, and the richly variegated colors in their summer garments made the stand look like an enormous impressionist painting in the sunlight.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But in its day the City of Poets was fair indeed, a bit of Socrates’s Athens with the intellectual excitement of Renaissance Venice, the artistic fervor of Paris in the days of the Impressionists, the true democracy of the first decade of Orbit City, and the unlimited future of Tau Ceti Center.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …of works of art which grew more and more subtle as the women in whose company he enjoyed them grew more illiterate and common, he would take a little servant-girl to a screened box in a theatre where there was some decadent piece which he had wished to see performed, or to an exhibition of impressionist painting, with the conviction, moreover, that an educated, ’society’ woman would have understood them no better, but would not have managed to keep quiet about them so prettily.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • What of the Impressionists in Paris, then?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • French Impressionists from what century she couldn’t quite recall.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He painted pictures—impressionist blobs—sheep on a gorsey hill, fishboats at the piers, with a warm red jumble of brick buildings in the background.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • One lost the contour of faces and figures—indeed, any effect of line whatever-and there was only the color of bodices past counting, the shimmer of fabrics soft and firm, silky and sheer: red, mauve, pink, blue, lilac, purple, ecru, rose, yellow, cream, and white, all the colors that an impressionist finds in a sunlit landscape, with here and there the dead shadow of a frock coat.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • Is she a Post Impressionist?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The remark suggested that he, an obscure Indian, had no right to have heard of Post Impressionism—a privilege reserved for the Ruling Race, that.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Caillebotte’s collection had lately been placed on view, and the student for the first time had the opportunity to examine at his ease the works of the impressionists.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • At that time impressionism reigned in the Latin Quarter, but its victory over the older schools was still recent; and Carolus-Duran, Bouguereau, and their like were set up against Manet, Monet, and Degas.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Fielding, for instance, had not meant that Indians are obscure, but that Post Impressionism is; a gulf divided his remark from Mrs. Turton’s "Why, they speak English," but to Aziz the two sounded alike.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He was envious of everyone else’s success, and had a peculiar, personal loathing of the impressionists; for he looked upon his own failure as due to the mad fashion which had attracted the public, sale bete, to their works.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The amazement with which at first he had looked upon the works of the impressionists, changed to admiration; and presently he found himself talking as emphatically as the rest on the merits of Manet, Monet, and Degas.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I believe I’m through with the Impressionists; I’ve got an idea they’ll seem very thin and superficial in a few years.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Philip remembered that she had talked enthusiastically about Monet and the Impressionists, but here were only the worst traditions of the Royal Academy.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The Impressionists had been occupied with other problems, they had painted man admirably, but they had troubled themselves as little as the English portrait painters of the eighteenth century with the intention of his soul.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • After the revolution, all the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual activities of men would be cared for by such "free associations"; romantic novelists would be supported by those who liked to read romantic novels, and impressionist painters would be supported by those who liked to look at impressionist pictures—and the same with preachers and scientists, editors and actors and musicians.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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