impression sunrise by claude monet characteristics modanlism
Women in the Garden (1866-7) Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
Monet’s first real success.
For an interpretation of other pictures from the 19th and 20th centuries, see: Analysis of Modern Paintings (1800-2000).
Following the exhibition featuring MonetвЂ™s ‘Impression, Sunrise’, the term impressionism was applied in a different way. Louis Leroy reviewed the exhibition for the La Charivari newspaper and referred to it as the вЂExhibition of the ImpressionistвЂ™. His review described the style of work displayed in the exhibition as impressionism and described MonetвЂ™s work as representing this style perfectly. Thus, the movement of impressionism was born.
Le Havre in Northwest France was MonetвЂ™s hometown and during 1872 he visited the area regularly. During these visits, he would paint scenes in the area, including the port.
Monet claimed that he titled the painting Impression, Sunrise due to his hazy painting style in his depiction of the subject: “They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn’t really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: ‘Put Impression.'” In addition to this explanation for the title of the work, art historian Paul Smith claims that Monet might have named the painting Impression to excuse his painting from accusations of being unfinished or lacking descriptive detail, but Monet received these criticisms regardless of the title. 
Following 1874 and the rise of the Impressionist movement, Monet recalled Impression, Sunrise by naming other works with similar titles. The subtitles recalled Impression, Sunrise in style and influence, though their subjects varied. Examples of similarly titles works are Effet de brouillard, impression in 1879, L’Impression in 1883, Garden at Bordighera, Impression of Morning in 1884, Marine (impression) in 1887, and Fumées dans le brouillard, impression in 1904. These works then seemed as a continuation of his Le Havre scene, “one of the sequence of canvases in which he was seeking to capture the most fleeting natural effects, as a display of his painterly virtuosity.”  Evoking the name of Impression, Sunrise, but also providing stylistic connections, the later paintings are similarly “quite summary and economical in handling, and depict particularly hazy or misty effects” that is characteristic of Monet’s impressionism in particular. 
Through the examination of specific characteristics apparent in the painting, we are able to identify the distinguished artistic style of Monet. As a notable artist, Claude Monet was acknowledged for his awareness of color harmony and his ability to enforce viewers’ attention. He was widely known for capturing rich atmospheric effects and a particular moment in time in his works of art. To accomplish these feats, Monet employed broken brushwork and heightened color. He was also very sensitive to the moods created by a landscape; in his own words he explained his method of depicting the feeling of a scene:
House, John. Monet: Nature into Art. New Haven: Yale UP, 1988. Print.
“Dirty three-quarters of a canvas with black and white, rub the rest with yellow, dot it with red and blue blobs at random, and you will have an impression of spring before which the initiates will swoon in ecstasy,” Emile Cardon of La Presse quipped.
While intended to mock the new movement, these critics—especially Leroy, whose words have become particularly infamous—helped propel the movement; following their reviews, the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs rebranded as the Impressionists.