Revealing Oscar-Claude Monet

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Revealing Oscar-Claude Monet

The BeginningOscar-Claude Monet was born on the 14th of November, 1840, as the second son of the parisians Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubree Monet(below). At 11 years of age, Monet enrolled in the Le Havre school of secondary arts. At age 21 Monet was accepted into the First Regiment of the African Light Cavalry in Algeria and served for 2 years. After his service he moved to Paris and met many future Impressionists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley.

Revealing Oscar-ClaudeMonetBy: David Doom

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Camille DoncieuxWhile in Paris, Monet met the beautiful model and his futue wife, Camille Doncieux. Camille modeled several paintings for Monet including Women in the Green Dress(right) and The Bench. The couple was married in 1870, but had their first child, Jean, in 1867. Even with this happy development Monet and Camille lived in poverty for many years

The Giverny Garden

Camille Monet on her Deathbed

The End Of CamilleIn 1876, Camille was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Adding to the unhappy development, Monet's 2nd son, Michel was born in 1878, further weakening Camille and was diagnosed with uterine cancer the same year. Camille died the next year. Monet was distraught by her death but a few mounthe later began creating some of his most famous works.

Alice HorschedeMonet's friend Ernest Hoschede became bankrupt, and left in 1878 for Belgium. Monet continued to live in the house in Vetheuil, Alice Hoschede helped Monet to raise his two sons and eventually she took them to Paris to live alongside her own six children, Blanche (who married Jean), Germaine, Suzanne, Marthe, Jean-Pierre, and Jacques. Monet, Alice Hoschedé and the children then to a house in Giverny, Normandy, where he planted a large garden. Following the death of her estranged husband, Monet married Alice Hoschedé in 1892(below).

The Garden at GivernyThe Garden at GivernyAt the beginning of May 1883, Monet and his family rented a house and 2 acres from a local landowner. The area included a barn, orchards and a small garden. By November 1890, Monet was rich enough to buy the house, the surrounding buildings and the land for his gardens. Monet wrote daily instructions to his gardeners, layouts for plantings, and requests for his floral purchases and his collection of botany books. As Monet's wealth grew, his garden matured. He remained its architect, even after he hired 7 gardeners.. In 1893 he began a vast landscaping project for the lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works

The Later YearsMonet's second wife, Alice, died in 1911, and his son Jean, married Alice's daughter Blanche who took care of him in his old age. Meanwhile his youngest son, Michel served in World War 1 during which Monet painted several pictures of weeping willows to honer fallen soldiers. It was during this time where Monet beagan to develop cataractsso in 1923, he underwent 2 operations to remove his cataracts

Death of a MasterMonet died of lung cancer on the 5th of December, 1926 at the age of 86 and is buried in the Giverny church cemetery. His home, garden, and waterlily pond were bequeathed to his son Michel, his only heir and in 1966 Michel gave the property to the French Academy of Fine Arts. The house and gardens were opened to the public in 1980 allowing people to see the beauty Monet captured in his paintings.

StyleOne of the essentials of Monet's paintings was what he tried to capture. Monet strived to paint the fleeting beauty of nature and the way he tried to captureligh was unique umon the Impressionists. Monet often painted the same scene over and over again, the only difference being the time of day he painted it.(example to the left). The emphasis in his pictures were the qualities of light and the atmosphere in the scene. As he grew older he used short, loose strokes, with blended colors to cover vast canvases. Also, nearing the end of his life Monet painted scenes from his garden in Giverny, delicate Japenese bridges and ponds full of waterlilies.


Favorite Book:Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families,

People have asked me why I paint the passing of time. The answer is in the question. -Oscar Claude Monet

Art is freedom of creativity. We have bound ourselves to the past and we are forever doomed to live in it if we do not look to the future. If we do not look to the future then nothing will ever get better -Oscar Claude Monet

ConclusionThis page is the wall of achevments of the man who was the driving force behind the Impressionists, the one who inadvertantly crowed the movement with it's name. The man who's paintings still sell for millions and inspires may others to follow his path. I speak of Oscar Claude Monet.


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