was one of the founders of French¬†Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and bountiful practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plain air ¬†landscape painting The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting¬†Impression, soleil levant (impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.