This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS3 in Art and Design for children aged 11 to 14 in years 7 to 9. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding art movements and their influence on the world, and it focusses in particular on Impressionism and the Impressionist Movement.
In KS3 children will learn how to critically appraise historical works of art, as well as understand the influence ancient movements have had on art today.
The term 'Impressionist' was first used as an insult in response to an exhibition of new paintings in Paris in 1874. A diverse group of painters, rejected by the art establishment, defiantly set up their own exhibition. They included Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Degas. The insult stuck and their work became known as Impressionism.
Most people today are familiar with Impressionist art and would perhaps describe it by referring to both the subject matter and the technique. Landscapes, and scenes from modern urban and suburban life painted in bright, pure colours were typical of the movement and many famous examples have been reproduced around the world.
Impressionists often began (and sometimes completed) their paintings outdoors rather than in a studio. Their rapidly applied brushstrokes are often visible. The paintings by the founders of the movement are so well-known and loved, it is hard to imagine how much of a storm they created in their day!
Try this quiz to get an 'Impression' of how much you know about Impressionism!
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