Claude Monet History Of An Impressionist Artist

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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's Travels

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.

Famous Paintings

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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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Morning! I love Monet's work. It's neat to know a little about his life, too. I'm glad you wrote this. Enjoyed it! Voted up and others! Sharing!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Monet is one of my favourite Impressionists and Impressionism is probably my favourite painting movement. Good to be reminded of a few favourites! Thanks for the hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Monet is one those artists where you can escape into his paintings. Have always liked his work. Meadow Road to Pourville is one of my favorites. Enjoyed reading about him.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I have always loved the work of Monet. I even have a few paintings of my own that I "copied" from him. I took a small segment of his pictures and magnified them and painted the tiny parts rather large on my canvas. I could never sell them since they're not mine but they hang in my kids' rooms and they love them :) Great Hub


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Victoria-Lynn: Good Morning! Monet was one of the most talented impressionist artist of his time. I am still in awe of his work. Between Thomas Kinkade and Monet I am drawn to the beauty of their work. Thank you for the vote up.:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Melovy: He was so amazing! Imagine sitting at a window and painting the World! His color palettes were also stunning. Maybe it is because he could paint romance and beauty with brilliant color.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Just Ask Susan: When I look at the prints that I own, sometimes I do escape into them. Another time, another place where serenity and calmness reside.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Ardie: Oh how wonderful! I am glad you enjoy his work as much as many of us do. They are beautiful works of art.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for this fabulous article on Monet, my favourite impressionist artist, I would love to visit Giverny one day.

Voted up, best wishes Lesley


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MovieMaster: I would like to visit Giverny one day too. That is one that I have placed on my 'bucket list.' Glad you enjoyed. :)


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

you will have to amend your soil to garden like this. I shall never forget the first time I saw a Monet... it was at the De'Young Museum in San Francisco. I was walking through a room full of Rembrandt's when I turned there at the end of the hall was a Monet of water Lilies. I just kept walking unable to take my eyes off of it.... past Picasso, Past Rembrandt, past unseen treasures and countless works of wonderful art... most unseen... such is the power of one of his paintings.... truly jaded me for the rest of the day...


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

This Hub is a wonderful tribute to a great artist.

I love his 'Rouen Cathedral Series' and wonder if Turner had an influence? Any thoughts?


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Monet is my favorite artist of all time, followed by Thomas Kinkade. One of my favorite Monet's is "Reader Springtime" (Woman sitting under a tree reading)Great hub and bio on Monet. I remember him having two kids and wife dying, I didn't remember him marrying Alice. great job AE! Voted up! ?


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Megh Brandel 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fell in love with Monet in 2007 when a friend of mine had given me a book on impressionism. And in 2010 I finally got the chance to see a few of his works at Tate Museum. Ah! What a day it was! Loved your writing on Monet. Voted up and useful.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great Hub AEvans. Monet is one of my favorites though they say he was quite mad. A matter of perspective I imagine. It was marvelous to actually see his work in the Louvre when I was in Paris.

The Frog


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I found your hub and background on the painter to be interesting. I love a lot of his paintings, although I do not own any. I would like to see the 'Weeping Willows' one. I love those trees, having played beneath them often as a girl. : ) Voted up, of course! : )


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

davemidtown: Oh I like your wording! A person after my heart own heart! lolo! It really did sound terrific and I could not do it like that.:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

searchinsany: I believe Turner may have had a little influence because of the friendship they had. One never knows how the artist creates their beautiful paintings and what their thoughts were when placing brush to canvas. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Rustic Living: Yes he married Alice and I also love Thomas Kinkade! oh I am so partial, lolo! I wrote about him too. Now you have me thinking. Thanks for the vote up. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Megh Brandel: You are soooo lucky! I hope one day I will be able to see his work in front of me instead of in print. That is something I would love to see before I die. He was and always will be an amazing artist. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

The Frog Prince: Oh my gosh that must have been an exciting day. I hope to one day travel to Louvre and see his work. Have you ever noticed that in that time period, they always believed all of them were mad. I wonder at what level they considered them to be mentally unstable? Could it be because he was insistent? He could see beauty like no other? Mmmm.... one must wonder. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

girltalkshop: You can find many of them in print. I know they are not exactly the same as an original, but a print is just as a beautiful. "Weeping Willows" is beautiful! Check Amazon or Ebay you may be surprised. :)


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Megh Brandel 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thanks AEvans! Yes, I definitely consider myself pretty lucky in this matter. I hope you will get the chance too. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Megh Brandel: You certainly are! I hope that one day that opportunity will come and I know it will. :)


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

AEvans - Plan on more than 1 day. I spent two and still didn't see everything.

TFP


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

The Frog Prince: I will remember that. Especially when there is so much to see as you have explained. :)


albert einstien (10 years old) 3 years ago

great! im not really albert einstein. igot a lot of information for my homework(no im not plagiurizing, or however u spell it)


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

albert einstein: I figured you were not him, he passed away a long time ago. Research is always the key for a better paper to present in school. :)


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Juliana, I remember just standing and staring at the Monet display at the Chicago Institute of Art. He had a fascination with haystacks I do believe. There was the Haystack in snow, one during the thaw, in the sun and at sunset. I was mesmerized. Very good hub. I enjoyed it.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

He is am amazing artist and hope that one day, I can visit the museum and become mesmerized by his paintings in person. You were so lucky to have experienced that moment!

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