The Life of Claude Monet

A famous painter, Claude Monet or Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet is known as the founder of French Impressionist painting. Born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, Monet was baptized into the Local church to Oscar Claude. Claude Monet’s father wanted him to help in the family grocery business. Claude however was always interested in art. In 1845 Monet’s family shifted base to Le Havre, Normandy.

He stayed in Paris for many years and he met several painters here, who went on to become his friends and fellow Impressionists. He joined the First Regiment of African Light Cavalry in Algeria in June 1861. However, during his term here, Claude was detected of Typhoid, owing to which, his aunt forced him to leave the Cavalry and join an art course. Disappointed by the traditional, mundane art taught at art universities, the artist became a student of Charles Gleyre in Paris, in the year 1862. Here he also met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley, who explored new approaches to art. They painted the effects of light with the help of broken and quick brushstrokes. This expression of art eventually came to be known as Impressionism.

In May 1883, he rented a house in Upper Normandy, which was centrally situated, with local schools near-by and the surroundings offering endless array for his works. The family of Monet worked hard and built up gardens. Here Monet continued with his paintings. Soon, his financial state began to improve. His paintings registered an enormous increase in sales. The beginning of 1880s and 1890s, through the end of his life in 1926, he worked on many series of paintings wherein he depicted varying light and weather conditions.

In the year 1883 and 1908, Claude Monet visited Mediterranean where he painted landscapes, landmarks, and seascapes. “Bordighera” was also produced in this series only. Then in Venice, Italy, he painted another famous series of his, while in London he created the series, “Views of Parliament” and “Views of Charing Cross Bridge.” Monet started to develop cataract and despite two operations, his vision stayed affected. At the age of 86, he died due to lung cancer on December 5, 1926.

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