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Title: Claude Monet

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Claude Monet
(1840 1926) Painter
Oscar Claude Monet
Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 in
Paris, France. When he was 5, his family moved to
le Havre in Normandy (france). His family wanted
him to go into the family grocery business, but
he knew he wanted to be an artist. In 1851, he
entered art school. He was known locally for his
charcoal caricatures, which he sold for 10 to 20
In Normandy, he met artist Eugene Boudin, who
taught him to use oil paints and to paint en
plein air (outdoors). When Monet visited the
Louvre in Paris, he saw other art students
copying the paintings of the masters. Monet sat
at the window and painted what he saw outside.
His painting Camille (or woman in the green
dress) brought him recognition. It was the first
of many paintings of the woman who would become
his wife.
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt (1868) (the
woman is Camille)
Impression, Sunrise (1872)
While France was at war, Monet traveled to
England and Holland, learning some techniques
that he would use when he returned to France and
began painting landscapes. When a critic saw his
painting Impression, sunrise, he coined the
term Impressionism to describe the popular
trend of painting. The critic meant it as an
insult, but the painters liked it and adopted the
name for their style.
The Artists House at Argenteuil (1873)
Woman with a Parasol (1875)(the artists wife
and son)
Soon after their second son was born, Camille
died. Monet remarried and moved to a house in
Giverny, France. The land had a barn, which he
used as an art studio, orchards a small garden.
He expanded the garden added a greenhouse and a
second studio with skylights. He spent much of
the rest of his life painting in and around his
property in Giverny.
Haystacks, sunset (1890-91) Monet painted
several series including haystacks and water
The artist in front of the actual bridge (1917)
Bridge over a pond of water lilies (1899)
Monet liked to paint controlled nature. He
invested much time and money into his property
and gardens, creating specific scenes for himself
to paint over and over again. As he became more
successful, he hired a crew of seven gardeners.
The Garden in Flower (1900)
Water Lilies (1906)
Water Lilies (1920-26)
During World War I, Monet painted a series of
Weeping Willow trees as a tribute to the French
soldiers who had fallen at battle.
Weeping Willow (1918-19)
Monets second wife died in 1911, and his older
son, Jean, died in 1914. Monet developed
cataracts, which are a film that forms over the
eye, making it hard to see clearly. He would have
surgery twice to try to clear his vision.
Claude Monet died on December 5, 1926 at the age
of 86. He is buried in Giverny. He left his home,
garden and waterlily pond to his only surviving
son, Michel, who in turn left them to the French
Academy of Fine Arts. Today, the house and
gardens are open to the public.
In may 2008, Le Pont de chemin de fer á
Argenteuil (1873) sold for 41.4 million. In
June of 2008, Nympheas water lilies sold for
almost 72 million