“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet

“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet

10 things to know about Claude Monet


A brief overview of  the life and career of a great French Impressionist painter, who is known for his landscape paintings and perceptions of nature


1. Oscar Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840 in Paris France


Title: Woman With A Parasol By Monet


2. He was strongly influenced by the paintings of the Barbizon school and enrolled as a student at the Academy Suisse


3. He was a key figure in the impressionist movement that transformed French painting in the second half of the nineteenth century.



4. The Master of Light and Color

Title:Claude Monet’s “Nympheas” is seen at Sotheby’s auc


5. Sometimes Monet traveled to find other sources of inspiration. In the early 1890s, he rented a room across from the Rouen Cathedral, in northwestern France, and painted a series of works focused on the structure. Different paintings showed the building in morning light, midday, gray weather and more; this repetition was a result of Monet’s deep fascination with the effects of light. Monet painted several things repeatedly, trying to convey the sensation of a certain time of day on a landscape or a place


Title: ‘The Cathedral of Rouen in the Evening’ by Claude Monet

Title: ‘Rouen Cathedral, Harmony in Blue and Gold’, 1894. Artist: Claude Monet


6. He enjoyed painting his family especially his wife


Image result for claude monet wife and children

Title: Camille Monet with a Child, 1875


7. After Camille’s death, Monet painted a grim set of paintings known as the Ice Drift series

Title:’The Defrost’, c early 20th Century. Artist: Claude Monet



8. The French government installed his last water-lily series in specially constructed galleries at the Orangerie in Paris, where they remain today.

‘Water Lilies’, c1925. Artist: Claude Monet

9. Monet died on December 5, 1926, at his home in Giverny. Monet once wrote, “My only merit lies in having painted directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions of the most fleeting effects.” Most art historians believe that Monet accomplished much more than this: He helped change the world of painting by shaking off the conventions of the past



10. Monet opened the door for further abstraction in art, and he is credited with influencing such later artists



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