Claude Monet History Of An Impressionist Artist
Born to Claude-Adolphe Monet and Louise-Justine Aubree Monet. Oscar-Claude Monet was born November 14th, 1840 in Paris France. By the time Claude Monet was 5 years old his parents had moved to Le Havre in Normandy. His mother a singer and father a businessman who owned a grocery store had always wished for their son to become a part of the business but for Claude Monet he had always inspired to be an artist.
Monet grew up quickly and by 1851 at the ripe age of 11 he enrolled at Le Havre secondary school of arts. Selling charcoal caricatures for 10-20 francs a piece he was already becoming a recognized artist.
From 1851-1855 Claude Monet began to excel in his works while taking lessons from Jacques-Francois Orchard. By 1856 he had met a famous painter by the name of Eugene Boudin, who became his mentor and taught him the techniques of using oil paints and creating the "en plein air" (outdoors).
Monet's work was already being recognized when the painting of Camille was noticed in 1866. Meeting Camille in 1867, Claude-Monet had gotten news of his mother's passing and with his father unable to care for him he was sent to live with his Aunt Madame Lacarde in Paris. Monet' had been suffering from bouts of depression due to his mother's untimely death in 1867. His attempt to commit suicide failed in 1868, when he tried to throw himself off of the Seine' bridge.
Monet would travel often to the Louvre' pronounced (Louv), observing many painters' duplicating other artists work. Monet was different, he chose to look out a window and paint what he had seen. While traveling in Paris Monet had befriended another famous impressionist painter by the name of Edouard Manet. Monet and Edouard had become inseparable during Monet's stay in France and both of them were able to hone in on their artistic abilities that they equally shared.
While serving in the military Monet had contracted typhoid. His aunt had brought him back with the condition that he would complete his education and attend a Art University. Monet was unhappy by the traditional teachings of the universities and became a student of the recognized Charles Gleyre in Paris. While studying he had met painters like Bazille and Renoir , discussing the effects of light and painting and the techniques known as "en plein air."
For the next twenty-four years Monet would face many trials and tribulations along with joy and laughter as he married Camille Doncieux in 1870 welcoming their first child, Jean. He packed up his beloved wife and child, moving to England where he studied the exquisite works of John Constableand Turner. For the next seven years, between 1871-1878 Monet would uproot the family again moving them to Amsterdam and residing at Argueneil where he painted some of his best works.
Camille and Claude welcomed there second child, Michel in 1878 another bundle of joy to add to there household; however in 1879 Camille passed away of Tuberculosis leaving him with two young children. Left with no other choice, Monet and his two children had to move-in with department store owner and patron of the Arts, Ernest Hoschede in 1880. Monet continued with his love of art and when Ernest went bankrupt, Monet stayed at the home with Ernest's wife Alice who assisted him with raising his two sons and her own six children. After Ernest Hoschede's passing in 1892, Monet and Alice decided to get married.
Through the 1880s to the 1890s Monet's dedication to painting became evident as he painted a 'series' of paintings. He created his work through many light and weather conditions.
Some of Monet's most famous paintings are 'Haystacks', 'Weeping Willows', 'Water Lillies', 'Mornings on the Seine', 'Poplar' and 'Ruen Cathedral', which were painted from his home in Giverny.
Seascapes and landscapes were painted while he visited the Mediterranean in the late 1890's and the early 1900's.
At the beginning of 1911 Alice had passed away along with his son Jean in 1914. During this time Claude Monet developed cataracts and nine years later he had surgery to remove them. During the time of the cataract removal Monet decided to re-paint a few of his originals which appeared to have a deeper redder tinge to them.
Monet had contracted lung cancer and continued to paint until his death on December 5th, 1926. He did not ask for an extravagant funeral but a simple one where only 50 people were in attendance.
Claude Monet is laid to rest at the 'Giverny Cemetery' and those who appreciate his art. Pilgrimage each year to see where the famous painter was laid to rest.
To date Claude Monet is one of the most famous impressionist of all-time, with his paintings selling for millions.
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