About Claude Monet

The Father of Impressionism

Even though there were so many artists throughout the history, only very few of them had the power to influence art itself. Claude Monet, who had a very successful life and amazing early works that got bigger and bigger to impact the world, and persevere on his art until the last day of his life.

Monet, who was born on November 14th, 1840, Paris,  sold his first wonderful painting when he was only 15 years old. His life journey started to get exciting when his family moved to the Normandy Coast, near Le Havre when he was five. After that, he spent years of his life near the beach which had probably a role in his attraction to painting. During that period of his life, he also drew sailing ships using pencil sketches. Monet tried always to observe the nature and that opened the door for his hidden talents.
His life as an artist really started when he became friends with Eugene Boudin because his friend Boudin was the one who introduced him to the new uncommon style of painting outside. After all that helped Monet to choose his artistic path for the rest of his life. Monet who then traveled to Paris where the work of the Barbizon attracted him, so he decided to work at the Academic Suiss, even though his family refused that. after he started his training he had to stop painting because of the military service from 1861 to 1862 in Algeria. after he finished his military service, he went back to Le Havre where he painted the sea with Boudin which is a French style of blood sausage, then he continued to study in Paris. During the 1860s, his works were not that accepted, but the official Paris Salon for the first time in 1865 decided to exhibit some of his works. Then his works received a lot of attention and then he worked with Renoir who was also one of the artists who led the development of the impressionist style. According to the article “Claude Monet” on Britannica Online, Renoir and Monet made rapid notations of pleasure- seekers, and brothers, rowboats bobbing in the foreground, and the scintillating reflecting lobbying water.In 1871 and 1872, he painted canals, boats, and windmills in the Netherlands and worked again at Le Havre. After that, he returned back to his house at Argenteuil.
When Monet went back to his house, he designed his last style of painting. In order to find new motifs, he had to make three trips to London. According to “Claude Monet” on Britannica Online, between 1899 and 1904, Made extensive multiple series representing the River Thames, the Waterloo, and charting cross bridges, and the houses of Parliament. Monet’s works between 1908 and 1912 were very ideal as impressionist paintings, but he focused on showing the light, water, movement, architecture, and reflections in the water more than weather effects like he did with Haystack and Cathedral series.
Monet who died in 1926, had a very strong passion that kept him always attached to his art and attracted him to paint even with his failing eyesight due to cataract. His life was so inspiring that artists can absorb so many lessons from it. However the most important one is without passion and perseverance, talent will not make you great.

Work Cited

“Claude Monet.” Britannica Academic, Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, 10 Jan. 2013. academic.eb.com.ezproxy.columbiacollege.bc.ca/levels/collegiate/article/Claude-Monet/53339. Accessed 19 Oct. 2017.

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