There are also images of French paintings for you to enjoy below as well as detailed information on the major French artists to have come from the past five centuries. We will attempt to cover all major art movements in which French art has played a significant role, with French impressionism being their finest home-grown group of artists to date.
French impressionism contained many of the most famous painters to have come from France since the Middle Ages and also represented an important development in European art towards all the new contemporary styles which we enjoy today within the International arts scene. The famous French impressionists came about within the 19th century but there had been valuable contributions from this country ever since around the start of the French Renaissance. You can also find famous Italian paintings and famous British paintings here.
French paintings can be found for sale from the links provided within this website. French impressionists rose from the mid-19th century and created a new style of art which involved the emotions of an artist, promoting positively the freedom of expression that most artists now take granted. In many ways European romanticists had laid the ground work for their beliefs but it was the impressionists who truly captured the public’s imagination, as can now be seen in the way that French impressionism is so passionately enjoyed by so many people right across the world.
Famous French impressionists included the likes of Claude Monet, whose own Impression, Sunrise became helped to give the movement it’s name. There were some influences from foreign artists like Mary Cassatt and Alfred Sisley but this was very much in the main a home-grown and very French group of artists who passionately believed in the direction that they were to take art in.