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Oscar-Claude Monet is a French painter, but most of all, he was the founder of the French Impressionist movement in painting. Claude Monet is regarded as the world’s most prolific painter as he produced a lot of work, practicing the philosophy of the movement he founded.
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Key Facts & Information
- Oscar-Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840, in Paris, France.
- Monet’s family had a shipping business where his father, Adolphe, worked.
- Louise was Monet’s mother.
- His parents were both Parisians and Catholics.
- Monet was five years old when he moved with his family. They moved to Le Havre, a port town in the Normandy region in 1845.
- Living in Le Havre, Monet grew up close to his older brother, Leon.
- Monet was reported to be a good and decent student.
- However, he did not like to be confined inside a classroom.
- Monet always had his heart in the outdoors.
- It was in his young age when Monet developed his love for drawing as he had his school books filled with sketches of people such as caricatures of his teachers.
- Monet’s parents had different visions for his future. His father wanted him to be involved in business, while his mother greatly supported his interest in art.
- In 1857, Monet greatly suffered after his mother’s death.
- Monet became known in their neighborhood for his caricatures.
- Eugene Bordin, introduced Monet into landscape painting, or plein air painting.
MONET IN PARIS
- Monet moved to Paris in 1859 to pursue art.
- He was enrolled at the Academie Suisse where he met Camille Pissarro, who would become his long-time friend.
- Monet served in the military from 1861 to 1862 and was stationed in Algiers, Algeria. He did not last long in the military as he was discharged for health reasons.
- Monet returned to Paris and met Charles Gleyre. Through him, Monet met other artists such as Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazille; artists who became his friends.
- In 1865, Monet’s two paintings won in the Salon, a juried art show.
- In 1866, Monet joined the Salon again and featured a painting of Camille Doncieux, his wife.
- In 1867, his first son was born.
- In 1868, Monet was struggling financially and became depressed. He attempted suicide by trying to drown himself in the Seine River.
- Monet caught a break in 1870, when Louis-Joachim Gaudibert became a patron of his work.
- His finances were good at that time. Monet and Camille married.
- The couple fled with their son amidst the Franco-Prussian war, to London, England. There, he met his first art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel.
- He returned to France in 1872, and resided in Argenteuil. He developed his own technique for painting.
- Monet destroyed a number of his paintings out of frustration as he was known to suffer from depression and self-doubt.
THE RISE OF IMPRESSIONISM
- An exhibition in April 1874 featured his most notable work, Impression, Sunrise (1873).
- Critics used the term “Impressionist” to the group of artists practicing this technique because it seemed more like a sketch than a finished work.
- It was said as an insult but it was actually fitting, as his work captured the essence of nature through light and shadows.
- When Monet’s wife suffered from her second pregnancy in 1878, Monet painted a portrait of her on her deathbed.
- After his wife’s death, Monet produced a grim series of paintings.
- Monet married again in 1892.
- Monet gained critical and financial success during the late 1880s and 1890s.
- Impressionism refers to art that represents or expresses the perception of the artist before nature.
- Basically, an impressionist painting looks like a snapshot of the view that the artist is seeing.
- Impressionist paintings, such as Claude Monet’s works, consist of relatively small yet visible brush strokes.
- An Impressionist painting also features an open composition. Composition in visual arts means the arrangement of visual elements, or how the subjects in the painting are arranged.
- An Impressionist painting observes a natural-looking composition.
- In terms of lighting, Impressionist paintings are specific when it comes to accuracy, such as in Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, the time of day in which the painting is happening is clearly depicted.
- This is because Impressionist paintings are focused on capturing the exact moment, just like in photography.
- The subjects of Impressionist paintings were considered to be simple or ordinary, situated in unusual angles and crucially, a subject should be in motion.
- Claude Monet died on December 5, 1926.
- The cause of his death was lung cancer.
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