Life and Career
Claude Monet was introduced to this world on November 14, 1840. While he lived at Le Havre, on the Seine estuary, Monet was influenced by this area. He was eighteen when Monet discovered his first mentor a local painter by the name of Louis Eugene Boudin. Boudin used an unorthodox course of painting outside. Monet learned things from Boudin that what would later be called the Impressionism from Boudin. Monet’s words convey his passion for nature as well as his indifference towards any other subject, such as the human figure or still life. However, his desire to become a “serious” painter led him to doubt his estimation of the landscape genre, which had been for centuries considered secondary subject matter. 1865 are submitted for the first time to the official Salon. In 1883 her moved to Giverny and stayed there for 43 years. He died on December 5th 1926.

Era or Movement
Monet was painting during the Impressionist era. The Impressionist style of painting was developed in the late nineteenth century in France. The impressionist movement did not just consist of French artists. It did start in France and the French painters are better known. Earlier artistic movements, like classicism and realism, influenced the impressionist painters. Impressionist painting is mainly composed of work produced between 1867-1886 by a group of artists who shared related techniques and approaches. They wanted to record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and color. These painters where Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Armand Guillemin, and Frederic Bazille, they worked together and helped influence each other work and exhibited together yet independently.


Legacy


Monet has approximately one hundred and ninety paintings. A Water lily painting by Claude Monet was sold for more than $80 million. Others have gone for around 20 million. With the success that he had achieved, Monet has been able to enlarge his property at Giverny, diverting the little stream of the Epte and laying it out into ponds in a fairy-land garden. This garden, transformed again and again as he wished, was to be his sole comfort when fate struck him the cruel blows of the death of his second wife in 1911 and his son Jean in 1914. It was such an ambitious work, so impervious despite its outward appearance, that for a long time it was not understood. To some it was a masterpiece, to others something to be looked down upon, if not scorned.The work of Monet, along with his closet disciple Camille Pissarro, the underestimated Alfred Sisley, the dedicated Degas, the virtuoso Renoir and the painstaking Cezanne, helped to create the first movement of Modern Art, and paved the way for Fauvism, Expressionism and the color sensitive compositions of Abstract Expressionism.





Works

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Impression Sunrise

Monet’s first success as an artist came when he was 15, with the sale of caricatures that were carefully observed and well drawn. But his life as a painter did not begin until he was befriended by Eugène Boudin, who introduced the somewhat arrogant student to the uncommon practice of painting in the open air. The experience set the direction for Monet, who for more than 60 years concentrated on visible phenomena and on the innovation of effective methods to transform observation into a painting.

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Giverny and Impressionism
While riding on a train, Monet caught sight of the picturesque village of Giverny. Obviously it had a huge impact on the artist as he decided to live and work there. At first he found a house to rent; its name was “the Press House”. Later he moved in with Alice Horschedé, his significant other, and her six children. His two sons also lived with them as well. The farmhouse had a vegetable garden and orchard.
At the beginning of his stay in Giverny, Monet found inspiration in the surrounding countryside. But he gradually limited himself to his water garden, which was home to the Japanese bridge and the water lilies. He often painted these two images over and over. He also has been photographed while standing on the Japanese bridge.
Giverny became popular with other artists too. Today you can visit the Giverny museum which houses many Impressionist paintings.venive.jpg
Sunset in Venice
The canvases Monet painted during his sole voyage to Venice, in the fall of 1908, are among the most popular and the best known of his art works. Monet was the most important of the artists who first allowed the initial impressions of outdoor scenes to stand as complete works. He captured conditions of light and atmosphere with bright colors and lively broken brush strokes.

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