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impressionism (ɪmˈprɛʃəˌnɪzəm



  1. (often capital) a movement in French painting, developed in the 1870s chiefly by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley, having the aim of objectively recording experience by a system of fleeting impressions, esp of natural light effects
  2. the technique in art, literature, or music of conveying experience by capturing fleeting impressions of reality or of mood


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