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Claude Monet the Impressionist lover of water lilies

Claude Monet

In Monet's paintings we observe what the famous Impressionist painter said: "Every colour we see is born of the influence of his neighbour". Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840 and since he was a boy he drew in pencil and charcoal. He lived with his parents in Le Havre and his first teacher, the painter Eugène Boudin, taught him the value of painting en plein air and love for nature. In 1859 he left to continue his studies in Paris, where he met Delacroix, Courbet and Pissarro, many realistic painters, Baudelaire, Manet and Constant Troyon, Couture and Daubigny who loved to paint live landscapes. In 1860 he went to North Africa for military service: the light and colours of Africa struck him deeply. In 1862 he returned to Le Havre in convalescence and resumed painting with master Boudin and the Dutch painter Jongkind. He returned to Paris to continue his studies and met Renoir, Sisley and Bazille. In 1864 he lived for a few months in Honfleur where he portrayed landscapes and marinas.

Back in Paris, he managed to exhibit some paintings and impressed the critics. He started working on the Breakfast on the grass. In 1867 Monet and his companion Camille had a son, Jean, and in 1868 they moved together and Fécamp, then Etretat and then Bougival, on the Seine, together with Renoir. The light on the water and its reflections remained the centre of attention in Monet's paintings of that period. In 1870 he married his companion and moved to Trouville in Normandy. To avoid having to participate in the Franco-Prussian war that had just broken out, he went to London, meeting his colleagues Daubigny and Pissarro and painting with them, visiting museums and getting to know the work of Constable and Turner. I will count among his knowledge the one with the influential art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel and returned to his homeland once the war was over, crossing the fascinating landscapes of the Netherlands, coming into contact with several Japanese prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Harunobu. In 1871 he settled in Argenteuil, on the Seine not far from Paris. In 1874 he exhibited the painting that would give its name to Impressionism: "Impression. Sunrise". He returned to Paris in 1878 where his second son, Michel, was born and Camille died at the age of 32 in 1879.

Meanwhile, Monet had established a relationship with the wife of Hoschedé financier and art collector, Alice. He painted the Norman coast a lot and sold his paintings to Paul Durand-Ruel. With Alice and family he moved to Giverny in Normandy in 1883. The home garden, full of water lilies, will be the backdrop of numerous paintings, along with the water lilies themselves. In the following years he traveled a lot and became rich and famous, bought the house in Giverny and married Alice. His works were exhibited in several countries and his travels continued for many years. In 1911 Alice died and in 1914 her son Jean died. He died in 1926.

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Poppies, near Argenteuil

The original work is dated 1873, when Monet lived in Argenteuil, and it is now kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. On a summer day the painter...
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San Giorgio by twilight

Monet created this masterpiece in 1908, the year in which he visited Venice. The painting is also known as "Venice sunset", representing the island...
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Bordighera

This work by the French artist Claude Monet is dated 1884 and it is now kept at the Art Institute of Chicago. Monet has been staying in the...
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Landscape on the Isle Saint-Martin

In the summer of 1880, Monet painted twenty-six times the landscapes around Vétheuil, north of Paris. Six of these are views of the Île...
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Woman with a parasol

This work by Claude Monet is dated 1886. The subject of this canvas is Suzanne Hoschédé, daughter of Alice, Monet's second wife. The woman is...
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Water lilies

The water lilies are the subject of about 250 canvases painted by the impressionist artist Monet. The painter made them during his last thirty...
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Japanese footbridge

This work by Claude Monet is dated 1899 and it is also called "The Japanese Catwalk" and now kept in Washington, at the National Gallery of Art....
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The Garden

The original painting is exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and is dated 1900. The painting depicts in the background the villa where Monet...
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Waterlily pond

The water lilies are the subject of about 250 canvases painted by Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny. The impressionist artist wants to decorate...
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In the woods at Giverny

The original painting is dated 1887 and is kept at the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, USA. Monet portrays Alice's young daughters, Blanche...
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Impression. Sunrise

The picture is known by several titles including: "Rising sun impression", or even "Impression at sunrise" or "Monet Rising sun". The painting is...
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La Grenouillère

La Grenouillère is a painting that Claude Monet creates in 1869 and that is now kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The scene is...
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