When Impression Sunrise was Exhibited in Paris in 1874, it was not considered a “notable piece” but history as re-written the narrative and it is now one of the world’s most famous paintings.
During the period 1870-1870, Monet’s concentrated on paintings of the towns along the River Seine. One such painting is The Bridge at Argenteuil, which was painted in 1874 and is held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Many of his oil painting on canvas scenes were recreated many times, each one emphasizing the effects of the everchanging natural light occurring at differing times of the day.
Monet’s Haystack paintings and those of the River Seine were two particular subjects which were frequently revisited.
Monet’s oil paintings are characterized by short visible brushstrokes. He was a prolific artist and is estimated to have produced almost 2500 paintings during his lifetime.
Nympheas (Water Lilies) 1906 was sold by Sotheby’s in 2014 for $54m. However, the highest price achieved for a Monet oil painting is when Mueles (Haystacks) c1890, was sold by Sotheby’s in 2019 for a record-breaking $110.7m.
He was born Claude Oscar Monet, in Paris, on November 14th 1840. However, from the age of 5, Monet was raised in Le Havre. His mother died in 1857 and his father was a merchant in the family shipping provisions company.
By the time he had reached 15, Monet had discovered his artistic talents and achieved a reputation locally, as a caricature artist. It was through an exhibition of his drawings in 1858 that Monet met the French landscape painter Eugene Boudin.
It was Boudin who introduced a young Monet to plein air painting. Plein Air painting, or painting outdoors, had a profound influence upon all of Monet’s famous oil paintings.
By 1859 Monet had committed himself to a career as an artist and he began to spend as much as possible time in Paris. He studied at the Academie Suisse and it there he first met fellow student, Auguste Renoir.
During the 1860’s Monet was associated with the pre-impressionist painter Edouard Manet, and along with other aspiring French painters of the time, mainly Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley, Monet’s destiny was realized and the Impressionist School of Artists was formed.
In 1874, Monet and his colleagues organized their own first exhibition. To the critics, 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, before moving finally to his beloved house and gardens in Giverny, during 1883.
The gardens at Giverny offered Monet continual inspiration. Monet Water Lilies paintings (also known Les Nympheas) became a dominant feature. Monet’s first series of Water Lily paintings were completed during the period 1897-99 and he embarked on what was to become a lifetime of fascination.
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One of Monet’s famous oil paintings, Water Lilies 1906 can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago, whilst another of his well-known impressionist oil paintings, Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge 1899 forms part of the Osborn Collection at Princeton University.
The gardens at Giverny provided Monet with constant and limitless pleasure; he planted the gardens with reference to color and an interest in botany became a central part of his life.
Many of the waterlily paintings are huge canvasses and Monet constructed an outdoor studio to accommodate them.
The Musee d‘Orangerie in Paris has provided a permanent exhibition of several large paintings, including the three panels comprising Reflections of Clouds on the Water Lily Pond c1920
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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 fine art reproductions is The Artist’s Garden, Giverny, 1900 which is displayed at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
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, whilst at Giverny, Monet started work on 12 enormous water lily paintings. However, by this this time his eyesight was failing and he struggled to complete them. Despite this, he did manage to carry on painting until his death in 1926.
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