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Utrecht Art SuppliesHistory: The Impressionist BrushstrokeImage: "Wisteria" by Monet (detail)Ask the Expert: "The Impressionists are my favorite painters and I have always tried to create this look in my art. I'm fascinated with the way the paint looks in works by Monet, Manet and Renoir. Do you have any advice that would help me get that look for my own paintings?"A: The Impressionists broke with previous tradition in a number of ways, including how the painted surface was crafted. Unlike earlier artists, the Impressionists deliberately called attention to the surface of the painting through distinct, direct brush marks and a matte finish. Direct painting was part of the academic tradition from which Impressionism diverged, butwith a distinctly different purpose. Unlike the traditional approach to painting in careful, blended sequence, the Impressionist method involved boldly applied, direct strokes without any attempt to disguise the physical surface.The advent of the metal ferrule (...