Impression elevated

“One can do something if one can see and understand it…”
– Claude Monet

The one of a kind, a history, the overwhelming artist of his time and a primary inspiration for the new art movement of impressionism. Also known as Claude Oscar Monet, he was the founder of French impressionist painting that paved a new way to French painting from the mid-way of nineteenth century. His style of capturing the scenic beauty on canvas was unique, spontaneous, vivacious and unparalleled. None of his contemporaries could vie for the apex Monet achieved.

Claude Monet had a passion towards painting since a very early age. He gave his best in capturing the essence of nature. The one who remained to be the greatest artists of his time, Monet was born in Paris on 14th November 1840. Claude Monet was the second son of Lousie Justine Abury and Claude Adolph Monet. In 1845 the Monet family settled in Le Havre. His father always dreamt of seeing Monet as a successful grocer. But Claude stood against him and proved his aspiration of becoming an artist. In 1851, Monet joined Le Havre school of arts where at the age of 15 he acquired a good reputation as a charcoal impressionist. His locally known caricatures earned him a penny towards art and gave him the inspiration to pursue art more seriously. The money he earned helped him through his difficult times because his father was not at all happy with his career choice.

“Never, even as a child, would I bend to a rule.”
– Claude Monet

Then he travelled to Paris and he was never satisfied with merely imitating the old masters, he always tried for a new ones, his own ideas.

“My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions.”
– Claude Monet

In 1861 he joined in army, a seven year stint in Algeria and later on, due to his personal health problems had to come out. Soon after returning, with only art being his talent house, he reinitiated his career in art. In 1870, Monet married Camille who modelled for many of his paintings and shortly after the outbreak of Franco –Prussian war he was to encourage to flee to London. Then after he spent time in Holland before returning to Paris. They called Monet as an impressionist –a title derived from his painting “impression sunrise”.

Monet was the driving force behind Impressionism. An impressionist painter was to understand the effects of light on the local color of objects, and the effects of the juxtaposition of colors with each other. Monet spent most of his time as a painter in the pursuit of this aim.

Monet being a fan of painting controlled nature: his own gardens in Giverny, with its water lilies, pond, and bridge made a series of paintings which remain unbeatable till date.

In April 1874, a contemporary critic gave the first impressionist exhibition a term “IMPRESSIONIST “because of the unfinished lines and lack of neatness. This actually pushed to the usage of word impressionism which became a fitting label for the art Monet was pursuing.

During the First World War Monet became close to the French PM and to commemorate many Frenchman who died in the war, Monet painted a series of weeping willows out of respect for people who died in the conflict.

Soon after the war was over, Monet developed a painful situation with his eye leading to the removal of his cataracts. However due to the immense love for ART, Monet still continued to paint and develop new styles and techniques.

“I’m never finished with my paintings; the further I get, the more I seek the impossible and the more powerless I feel.”
– Claude Monet

Monet was one of the greatest modern painters. His output was prolific and he continued to develop and innovate throughout his long artistic life.

He died of lung cancer in December 1926.

No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself to finish paintings which do not satisfy me and seem to please so very few others. ”

– Claude Monet

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