Claude Monet- born in Paris, France on 14 November 1840- died in Giverny, France, on 5 December 1926.
Born in Paris, Monet grew up in Le Havre, where his friendships with landscape painters such as Johann Barthold Jongkind encouraged him to become an artist. During the mid-1860s he tried and failed to make his mark at the Paris Salon with monumental works painted partly out of doors, and towards the end of the decade he became a key figure in the group of painters who later became known as the Impressionists.
After a spell in London during the Franco-Prussian War, Monet returned to France, making his home in a succession of suburban towns near Paris before settling in Giverny in 1883. Throughout his long career, Monet remained faithful to the Impressionist aim of exploring the changing quality of light and colour in landscape.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP1uXYT8n_M
Work of Art: “The Waterlily Pond Green Harmony”, 1899
Monet’s paintings of waterlilies are the culminating achievement of his career. For much of the last 33 years of his life, he devoted himself to translating the moods and reflections of his beloved pond into images of transcendent beauty.
He had always painted the gardens of the houses where he lived, and when he bought the house he was renting in Giverny in 1890, he finally had the chance to create a garden entirely to his own taste. He filled the pond with special hybrid waterlilies, and installed an arched wooden bridge, inspired by those he had admired in Japanese prints
Monet continued to paint his waterlily pond until his death, eventually creating almost abstract canvases without reference to the banks or bridge, where the entire subject is the surface of the water.
Read “The Illustrated Story of Art- The Great Art Movements and the Paintings that Inspired Them” to find out more.
Other Works of Art by Monet
Do not miss these fascinating masterpieces: “Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son”, “The Riverbank at Petit-Gennevilliers”, “The Port of Argenteuil, “Summer, Poppy Field”, “Camille Monet in Japanese Costume”.
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