Monet's water lilies (1880s)

The Impressionist Movement in art grew directly from the Romantic Era, where the individual, subjective reality became more important that adherence to the "truth" of any reality. Lines were blurred, colors blended, and light became an important factor for artists to consider. Claude Monet, the French painter of the late 19th century, created dozens of paintings of a single field of haystacks, each at a different time of day or angle. Many of these hang in a room of the Chicago Art Institute.

Van Gogh - Starry Night