Louis Leroy

Louis Leroy was a French 19th century engraver, painter, and successful playwright. However, he is remembered as the journalist and art critic for the French satirical newspaper Le Charivari, who coined the term “impressionists” to satirise the artists now known by the word. Leroy’s review was printed in Le Charivari on 25 April 1874 with the title The Exhibition of the Impressionists. The term was taken from Claude Monet’s painting “Impression: soleil levant”.