The mid 19th century was the beginning of what was to become a radical transformation of art.
1860 to 1930 was the most transformational period in the art world – second only to the Renaissance in its impact.
In the 1860’s ‘The Barbizon School‘ with noted painters such as Camille Corot, Charles Daubigny and Theodore Rousseau, brought in the technique of ‘plein air‘ landscape painting and paved the way for Impressionism.
The Impressionism movement, founded by Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Pissaro and others, was brought about by their quest to capture the light and experimentation with various techniques. This movement in turn was the precursor of modern art and art of the 21st century.