Impressionism, artists and art
(movement, 1874 - 1920's)
In April 1874 a group of artists, calling themselves "Societe Anonyme des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs" -- roughly "Artists, Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, Inc." -- opened an exhibition independent of the official Salon. Conspicuously absent was Edouard Manet, recognized leader of the avant-garde. Manet never participated in any of their eight exhibitions, but his bold style and modern subjects inspired these younger artists, who came to be known as "impressionists."