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Claude Monet

Art History Final Presentation

devon toombs

on 18 September 2012

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"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." Claude Monet Bio: Claude Monet was born in Paris but grew up in Le Harve. His first artistic experiences were caricatures.

His family did not like his passion for painting. In 1860, he was drafted in the service for two years to Africa. After his return, he took painting lessons at Gleyre's studio in Paris. Then the future Impressionist movement was born. In the begining, Monet along with friends were ridiculed for the untraditional style of painting. After 1880, the public began to slowly recognize the value of Impressionism.

Later years, Monet suffered from physical problems such as bad eyesight and arthritis in his joints which made it almost impossible to paint. At the age of 83 in Feb of 1926, he finished his last greatest challenge of his life - a commision by the French government for 22 mural paintings of water lilies. December of the same year he died from lung cancer. Water Lilies, Giverny, 1905 Japanese Bridge, Giverny, 1899 Eliminating black and grey from his pallet, Claude Monet represented natural color like a prism, breaking it down into its individual components, often painting a series of the exact same view under different light and weather conditions. Monet brought the study of the transient effects of natural light to its most refined expression, ultimately becoming a forerunner of the 20th century modernism. The Luncheon, 1873, Giverny Concluding... re-creates a sunny afternoon - vivid flowers, cool patches of shade, breezy fabrics of gown, all with lightly applied dabs of color Water lilies and reflections in the water - suggestions of trees and other vegetation on the banks - pond holds depth and beauty of color and light displayed - elimination of normal perspectives - - sky has disappeared from the painting
-the foliage rises to the horizon
- space is flattened by arch of bridge By Devon Toombs-Alexander
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