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Updated on March 9, 2016

Impressionist Artist Claude Monet

Born on November 14, 1840 in the city of Paris, Monet or Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet, was a famous French painter.Monet was as well called the founder of French Impressionist painting. Claude Monet's father desired for him to help in the family grocery business. However, Claude Monet was only interested in art.

Claude Monet accepted admittance to the Le Havre Secondary School of the Arts on April 01, 1851. He became known for his Charcoal Caricatures. Monet received his first drawing lessons from Jacques-François Ochard. In 1856-1857, Claude met another artist, Eugene Boudin on the beaches of Normandy. Afterwards, Eugene Boudin became Monet's mentor and taught him how to use oil paints and how to paint outdoor scenes.

The practice of Art known as Impressionism was born in Paris. Monet, along with his fellow artists around 1862 developed this technique. After being disappointed with the traditional, mundane art that he was being taught at the universities, he became a student of Charles Gleyre in Paris. He also met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley, who explored new approaches to art. They painted the effects of light with the help of broken and quick brushstrokes. This expression of art eventually came to be known as Impressionism.

Monet's Life Art and Works

In 1856, Claude Monet's painting, "The Woman in the Green Dress (La Femme à la Robe Verte)," achieved a lot of fame. Like many of his works,this painting sported his future wife Camille Doncieux. He and Camille got married on June 28, 1870. Soon after, Claude painted Impression, "Sunrise" (1872/1873). In early 1880s, Monet painted several landscapes and seascapes. During the late 1880s some of the worst incidents in his life developed. In 1876 his wife became ill with Tuberculosis while she was pregnant with her second child. She died on September 05, 1879. After this, a brokenhearted and low-spirited Monet began to create paintings, which were recognized as some of the best artworks of 19th century.

In May 1883, he rented a house in Upper Normandy, which was located in an area with abundant landscapes for his works. The family of Monet worked hard and built up gardens. Here Monet continued with his paintings to increase his financial state. His paintings showed an enormous gain in sales. From this time through the end of his life in 1926, he panted many series of works.

Claude Monet visited the Mediterranean in the years 1883 and 1908. While there, he painted landscapes, landmarks, and seascapes. "Bordighera" was produced in this series

Then in Venice, Italy, he painted another famous series of his.

When he was in London, he created the series, "Views of Parliament" and "Views of Charing Cross Bridge."

Monet started to develop cataract and despite two operations, his vision stayed affected. He died at the age of 86, on December 5, 1926 due to lung cancer.

The Movement of Impressionism

Impressionism is a movement that began in France in the mid 1800s which was founded by Claude Monet. The term Impressionism was derived from one of Monet's paintings, the "Impression, Sunrise," which was used by some critics during that time to ridicule the whole movement.

During that time, the Impressionists painters were not very popular because they had a different approach to painting unlike most artists who painted in a very traditional way like those of their previous masters. The other well-known Impressionist painters were Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Armand Guillaumin, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille.

The Impressionists frequently do their painting outdoors and exemplify the essence of light and color at particular times of the day. Their works are sometimes referred to as 'captured moments' which are characterized by short quick brushstrokes of color that when viewed closely, it may look messy and unreal. But to Impressionists painters, vulnerability to light and movement brought an artistic subject out of virtually anything. Impressionist painters surmounted how to transcribe instantly their visual sensations of nature, indifferent with the actual characterization of a particular subject.

The Brilliance of Claude Monet

By studying some Impressionist paintings, you will observe that there is a captivation of the seasonal changes on the same landscape. The essences of this technique direct us to comprehend the changing nature of trees, vegetation, sky and clouds. Such technique was initiated by Claude Monet and according to some art scholars he perfected how to render the season's impression on the canvas by painting the same scene again and again in different seasons and at different times of the day. With this, Monet painted not the landscape itself, but its impression on his mind as he kept seeing it. He simplified the subject through his painting making it easy for us to recollect it and this is the reason why his paintings are classics.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Monet is one of the greatest artists ever. I enjoyed reading your lens and looking at the paintings.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I enjoy a lot of the famous artists; thanks for sharing these Monet paintings.