Detail from

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834–1917), 'Two Ballet Dancers in a Dressing Room', (c.1880)

Impressionism was a relatively short-lived art movement originating in France in the 1860-70s, and lasting over three decades. This loose association of artists, calling themselves the Anonymous society of artists, painters, sculptors, engravers, held their first exhibition on 15 April 1874 at the studio of the photographer, Nadar, at 35 Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. The core of this group included Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Cézanne, Guillaumin and Sisley; other artists such as Bazille, Gonzalès and Mary Cassatt later became associated with the group. Between 1874 and 1886 Impressionist artists held eight exhibitions of their work.

Detail from Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), Banks of a Canal, near Naples, 1872

Impressionism at the National Gallery of Ireland

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The Conservation Process
The Claude Monet Conservation Project
Monet's painting 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat' (1874) is currently undergoing conservation treatment.

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The BNP Paribas Foundation and BNP Paribas Ireland are pleased to support the National Gallery of Ireland Impressionist Resource marking 40 Years of BNP Paribas in Ireland.