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PuzzleWatch: First Impressionists

Try your luck at this art-themed crossword puzzle that's sure to leave a lasting impression.

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"The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning" by Camille Pissarro
“The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning” by Camille Pissarro, 1897

It’s happening in Paris right now. No, not the Summer Olympics. It’s the “Hungry for Independence” art exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of a ground-breaking Paris exhibit, where the term Impressionism took hold. Thirty-one painters, sculptors, and printmakers, dissatisfied with over a decade of rejection of their works by the influential Salon de Paris, declared their creative independence and forever changed the artistic landscape in an exhibition of more than 160 modern artworks.

This month’s PuzzleWatch recognizes those First Impressionists of 1874: Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and other notable Impressionist artists, including Édouard Manet, James Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer-Sargent, and Auguste Rodin. Picasso, Miró, Chagall, and Matisse represent the next generation of artists, and you’ll also find a few Impressionist composers among the clues and answers.

Can’t get to the Impressionists at the Musée d’Orsay? Don’t worry—you can see them all in your own backyard, at Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Monet to Matisse: French Moderns.” Those First Impressionists and post-Impressionist friends are all there. Every one! From now until September 15. Read more about this wonderful exhibit here.


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Photo Joe Cantrell

Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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