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Claude Monet


Claude Monet was born in Paris, France, on November 14, 1840. He was the founder of French impressionist painting. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery business, but Monet wanted to become an artist. Monet also undertook his first drawing lessons from Jacques-Francois Orchard, a former student of Jacques-Louis David. Monet and his associates mounted the first independent exhibition in 1874. Monet died of lung cancer on 5 December 1926, at the age of 86 and was buried in the Giverny church cemetery. Monet had insisted that the occasion be simple, thus only fifty people attended the ceremony. His last painting was The Japanese Footbridge.

Some of Claude Monet's Paintings:-Woman in the Garden (1866)-The Magpie (1868-1869)-Impression Sunrise (1872)-Springtime (1872)-Boulevard des Capucines (1873)-Snow at Argenteuil (1874-1875)-Beach in Pourville (1882)-Stormy Sea in Etretat (1883)-Boating on the River Epte (1890)-Water Lilies (1919)


Monet found subjects in his immediate surroundings, as he painted the people and places he knew best. His first and second wife frequently served as his models. 3) Monet's paintings cast a surprisingly objective eye on these rural areas, which include few signs of domestic

relations. 4) His paintings were done spontaneously, with him studying his subjects intently and planning the layout of his artwork carefully. 5) He also made initial sketches in charcoal on the

canvas before applying paint layers. 6) The composition of his painting was marked out using paint.7) Monet often worked directly on large scale canvases outdoors, then reworked and completed them in his

studio as he found that he could capture the momentary and transient effects of sunlight by painting en plein air. 8) His quest to capture nature more accurately alsoprompted him to reject European conventions governing composition, colour, and perspective. 9) He brought a lively brightness to his works by using

1) Monet consistently depicted the landscape and leisure activities of Paris and its environs as well as the Normandy coast. 2) He developed a unique style that strove to capture on canvas the act of perceiving nature.

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unmediated colors, adding a range of tones to his shadows, and preparing canvases with light-colored primers instead of the dark grounds used in traditional landscape paintings. Monet was interested in recording the changing processes of light and often painted the same scene several times, under different lighting and

atmospheric condition. 10) His brush strokes were relatively small and thin, yet visible, freely brushed colours that took precedence over outlines, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial

element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. 11) He also portrayed overall visual effects instead of details, and used short "broken" brush strokes of mixed and pure unmixed colour which are not blended smoothly or shaded to achieve an effect of intense colour vibration.

12) His favourite subject matter is 'light'. 13) Furthermore, he avoided using black even in the deepest shadows as it does not capture a realistic darkest shadow.

Monet's Style

“All I did was to look at what the universe showed me, to let my brush bear witness to it” -Claude Monet


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