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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Claude Monet was an impressionist artist born in France in the city of Paris. He was born on the 14th of November, 1980.

Monet studied art in his teenage and started by painting seascapes and landscapes. He became known among the people of the town for his charcoal caricatures and his sketches.  As a beginner, he was inspired by various painters but stuck to his style of painting and constantly tired to create a mark for himself. His love for controlled nature and simple beauty, made his paintings simple yet striking.

Most of his paintings are landscapes and abstract paintings. The distinctive use of color has been a key aspect of his paintings. He used colors to bring out striking differences based on the lighting and seasonal changes. The rapid brush strokes of these paintings became the Impressionist style.

Claude Monet

The first Impressionist exhibition was conducted in the year 1874 which had Monet’s paintings on display. The term ‘Impressionism’ is in fact derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. The most famous among his works, his series of oil paintings of ‘The Water Lilies’ in his pond at Giverny is at display in museums around the world.

It was the perception of Monet that the bountiful nature around was exemplified and in fact personified by the radical strokes of his brush. The viewers of his paintings were left stunned by the level of details captured and the spontaneity that the paintings reflected.

At his older age, Monet suffered from various physical ailments such as bad eyesight and rheumatism. In spite of these, he continued to paint till his death in the year 1926.


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