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French Impressionists

Victor Vignon, 1878

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French Impressionists

Armand Guillaumin, 1900

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French Impressionist Paintings

The French Impressionists are often assumed to be a small group of French impressionist painters whose works cost millions of pounds. This is in fact not the case and here at Leighton Fine Art we specialise in sourcing the great names and the great paintings of the time and making them available at sensible and affordable prices for all to enjoy.

To clarify its important to put into context who the “Impressionists” really were…

The first “Impressionist” exhibition was held in Paris in 1874 and the name came about as a vicious critique of the painters by one art critic. A certain Louis Leroy, who labelled them in a derogatory manner – “Les Impressionistes”. This became their assumed name across all of the 8 exhibitions they held as a disparate group of individuals who were rejected by mainstream art of the time.

1st Exhibition

The majority of French impressionist paintings at this 1st Exhibition are by no means household names. Today we know Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cezanne etc but few are really familiar with the work of Ottin, Alfred Meyer, Louis Debras or Zacahrie Astruc. Yet their work is wholly comparable but rarely seen or sought out by collectors. We have become obsessed with the big names and their “brand” to the detriment of art itself.

Over 30 French impressionists painters were at the first exhibition and the vast majority are hardly known and some now lost in obscurity. Yet their work can be found for very modest sums and is very similar in execution to their fellow exhibitors of the time. Perhaps if the critics and dealers had singled some of them out rather than others then the art landscape might be vastly different than today.

Let’s take Henri Rouart as an example. A sensational painter of his time who was exhibiting in the First impressionist paintings exhibition. Yet today a good example of his work can be had for less than £10,000 GBP. Compared to a similar subject by Manet which we can add three noughts on the end of the price.

When researching an Impressionist painting for sale, Victor Vignon is our next case in point. He started exhibiting with the Impressionists in 1877 at the third exhibition. His work is very close to that of Camille Pissarro. Yet a fine example of his work can be had for under £10,000 yet a Pissarro will cost upwards of a million for a similar subject.

French Impressionist Paintings

Even great French Impressionists work like Renoir and Degas can be had for a (comparatively) reasonable price. A small oil by Renoir can be yours for under £100,000 and a drawing by Edgar Degas less than £30,000.

Finally, we can look at what is known as the Post Impressionists. Something in the name suggests something less than their namesakes. Yet in reality, these painters pioneered the existing ideas and took them to new highs. Loiseau, Pinchon, Charreton are all artists that lived at the same time as the Impressionists yet their work can be had for a fraction of the price.

So if you have a genuine interest in French Impressionists and this magnificent period in art history then look through our inventory and do some online research. Your horizons will be broadened… you may discover a new artist whose pedigree is equal to his much more sought after peers.

When looking for an Impressionist painting for sale – be sure to do your research.

French Impressionist Paintings for Sale

Are you searching for French impressionist paintings for sale? If yes! Then visit Leighton Fine Art, we have one of the very best online resources for beautiful Impressionist artwork. Here you’ll find an impressive collection of French Impressionist paintings.

Original Impressionist Paintings for Sale

Leighton Fine Art is one of the top online art galleries with an impressive collection of original Impressionist art and paintings for sale. Our online gallery features a carefully curated, hand-picked collection of Impressionist artwork by many well-known and underrepresented artists. A great place to browse through Impressionist art while avoiding the hustle and bustle of a big city gallery. Leighton Fine Art is your one-stop shop for original Impressionist paintings for sale from noted artists.

Post Impressionist Paintings For Sale

With artists like Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Edouard Vuillard, Maximilien Luce, Marius Borgeaud and many more, these artists continue to have a lasting influence on our culture today. Their artwork still inspires generations of artists and other creative individuals. It’s this popularity that makes post impressionist paintings for sale so desirable, allowing collectors to get a new favourite to add to their collection. Now, you can enjoy neo impressionism art from the comfort of your own home.

Original Oil Paintings For Sale Online

If you’re looking for original oil paintings for sale online, nothing could be easier than searching the internet. Online galleries are becoming more popular for selling paintings because it is much easier and more convenient compared to purchasing them at an auction or at a local gallery. You do not have to travel to the location where the paintings are being sold; you simply click on your mouse and voila! The painting/s will be delivered straight to your door, what could be easier?

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