This class is devoted to the lives and exquisite works of Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir. Monet was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of impressionism — a movement named after one of his own paintings, “Impression Sunrise” (1874). Dedicated to capturing what he saw, when he saw it, and exactly how he saw it, Monet eventually became one of the most influential painters in the history of art. But it was a hard won struggle. It would take until the 1950s for Monet — and Impressionism — to finally be recognized as a significant art movement worthy of scholarship. Renoir created snapshots of real life, full of beauty, sparkling color, and light. In a world he believed was ugly, Renoir wanted to paint pretty pictures. He is widely regarded as the world’s favorite artist — and the first to have a one-man exhibit at the Louvre in Paris, during his lifetime.