Impressionist painting, which originally developed in France in the late 19th century, is regarded as the forerunner of modern art. This book presents the most significant influences on this style, the stages in its evolution and the personalities who put their stamp on it, such as the painters Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas.
Furthermore, the text spotlights the impact of Impressionism on trends in art outside of France. A separate chapter is devoted to the women artists of the time, who are increasingly attracting the interest of art historians and art lovers. Special chapters about the music, literature and photography of the period turn this book into a comprehensive survey of the art and culture of this era.