When first looking at Impressionism style paintings, I find them to be new, and very intriguing. It seemed, in my opinion that they were trying to show the emotion and life behind everyday scenery just by changing the perspective and point of view. I like paintings of realistic natural scenery, and I felt impressionism really set the bar for paintings of scenery works.
One work that I specifically found appealing was View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm by Thomas Cole, 1836. I like contrasts of light and dark, whether its natural organic events/scenery, or religious settings. I think impressionism is different than all the forms before it because of its deep focus on more subjected and non idealized concepts.