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Art Claude Monet

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Blair Wagner

on 5 November 2013

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Claude Monet
Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, France.
At the age of 5, Monet moved with his family to Le Havre, a port town in the Normandy region. He grew up there with his older brother Leon. While he was reportedly a decent student, Monet did not like being confined to a classroom. He was more interested in being outside. At an early age, Monet developed a love of drawing. He filled his schoolbooks with sketches of people, including caricatures of his teachers. While his mother supported his artistic efforts, Monet's father wanted him to go into business. Monet suffered greatly after the death of his mother in 1857.
From 1861 to 1862, Monet was stationed in Algiers for his military service, but he was discharged because for health reasons. Monet studied with Charles Gleyre. Through Gleyre, Monet met several other artists, including Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frederic Bazille. The four of them became friends. He also received advice and support from Johann Barthold Jongkind, a landscape painter who proved to be an important influence to the young artist.
The following year, Monet was selected again to participate in the Salon. This time, the show officials chose a landscape and a portrait Camille (or also called Woman in Green), which featured his lover and future wife Camille Doncieux. Doncieux came from a humble background and was substantially younger than Monet.
She served as a muse for Monet, sitting for numerous paintings during her lifetime. The couple had experienced great hardship around the birth of their first son, Jean, in 1867. Monet was in dire financial straits, and his father was unwilling to help them. According to some reports, Monet got so despondent over the situation that he attempted suicide by trying to drown himself in the Seine River.
Louis-Joachim Guadibert became a patron of Monet's work, which enabled Monet to continue his work and care for his family. He married Camille in June 1870, and they soon fled with their son to London after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. There, Monet met Paul Durand-Ruel, who became his first art dealer. Returning to France after the war, Monet eventually settled in Argenteuil, an industrial town west of Paris.
Monet sometimes got frustrated with his work. According to some reports, he destroyed a number of paintings—estimates range as high as 500 works. Monet would simply burn, cut, or kick the offending piece. In addition to these outbursts, he was known to suffer from bouts of depression and self-doubt.
His personal life was marked by hardship around this time. His wife became ill during her second pregnancy. Their second son, Michel, was born in 1878, and she continued to deteriorate. Monet painted a portrait of her on her death bed. Before her passing, the Monets went to live with Ernest and Alice Hoschede and their six children.
In 1911, Monet became depressed after the death of his beloved Alice. He was also plagued by eye problems soon after.
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.
Impression Sunrise
Painted in: 1873
Ice Drift
Painted in:1880
Painted in: 1894
A Corner of the Apartment
Painted in: 1875
A Field at Gennevillers
Painted in: 1877
Blue Water Lilies
Painted in: 1916
Camille Monet at the Window
Painted in: 1873
The Woman in a Green Dress
Painted in: 1866
Painted in: 1886
Painted in: 1888
Port of Le Havre
Painted in: 1874
Self Portrait with a Beret
Painted in: 1886
Under the Pines, Evening
Painted in: 1888
Painted in: 1884
Painted in: 1907
Painted in:1900
Waves Breaking
Painted in: 1881
Wood Lane
Painted in: 1876
Painted in: 1891
How Claude Monet Signs his work
Morning at Antibes
Water Lilies
Water Lily Pool
Calm Weather
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