Monet oil paintings and impressionist oil painting are characterized by short visible brushstrokes and paintings which emphasize the effect of light, often at varying times of the day.
Claude Oscar Monet was born in Paris in 1840 but raised in Le Havre and by the age of 15 had already discovered his artistic talents and developed a reputation locally as a caricaturist.
In 1858, through an exhibition of his caricatures, Monet met the landscape painter Eugene Boudin and it was Boudin who introduced the young Monet to plein air painting (outdoor painting) which had a profound influence on his work.
By 1859 Monet had committed himself to a career as an artist and he began to spend as much as possible time in Paris. During the 1860’s Monet was associated with the pre-impressionist painter Edouard Manet, and along with other aspiring French painters, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley, was destined to form the impressionist school of artists.
In 1874 Monet and his colleagues organized their own exhibition. Their work seemed sketchy and unfinished (like a first impression) but during the 1870s and 1880s Monet gradually refined this technique.
In 1878 Monet moved to Vetheuil but in 1883 he moved finally to Giverny. Giverny’s Monet water lilies gardens were the inspiration for his series of Les Nympheas or Water Lily and Japanese Bridge paintings.
Claude Monet Water Lilies series was started in 1899 and came to dominate his work completely. These were huge canvasses and Monet had an outdoor studio built to accommodate them.
It is believed that there are in excess of 250 Claude Monet Water Lilies paintings which represent some of the most famous impressionist paintings of all time.
Another popular Claude Monet reproduction is The Artist’s Garden, Giverny, 1900 which is displayed at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
Monet repeated many of his landscape paintings at differing times of the day to show the varying effects of light on a scene. The Haystack paintings and paintings of the Seine were frequently repeated Claude Monet paintings.
By the mid-1880s Monet, generally was regarded as the leader of the Impressionist school, and he achieved significant recognition and financial security.
In 1920, at Giverny, 12 huge Claude Monet water lily paintings were started but with his eyesight failing he struggled to complete them. However, he did manage to carry on painting until his death in 1926.
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