The term ‘Impressionism’ was coined to describe an exhibition of paintings by a group of painters who were unknown at the time. Their unprecedented style that focused on the capturing of fleeting impressions was met with shock and disgust and ridiculed in the press as ‘impressionism’. Today, these painters are anything but unknown: Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas and Pissarro.

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The point of Expressionism was to express the essential, to convey to the listener exactly what the composer had experienced.