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7 LESSONS FROM THE IMPRESSIONISTS

1 USE WARM GROUNDS

For many, the birth of Impressionism marks the dawn of modern painting as we know it. While the approach of these late 19th-century French painters has several precedents, not least in the work of pioneering British artists John Constable and JMW Turner, Impressionism nevertheless marked a turning point after which the prevailing trends in classical painting changed for good.

One of the most notable changes was the decision to paint landscapes en plein air in a bid to capture a fresher, more accurate impression of the changes in weather and light conditions. This was aided by a switch from the darker grounds (the base layer

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