Claude Monet was the most remarkable artist related to impressionism from France. He was born on November 14th in 1840 and became the symbol of this amazing genre of art because his painting was the first one to be characterized this way.
Claude Monet had an extremely interesting life and rather long life to describe. Here are the most bright facts about this amazingly gifted painter.
The impressionism definition was first outlined by the critics after Claude Monet represented his today famous painting named Impression, Soleil Levant in 1874 while the very first independent art show was held. The haven of Le Havre was the one painted in it using quite loose brush strokes which produced the effect of the painting being rather blurry. However it didn’t become the best example of impressionism as his the most popular Water Lilies dated 1906 feature the impressionism manner much more intense despite the fact that his eyes could see worse that time.
Monet was a very bad student at school. He was drawing a lot of caricatures for his friends and teachers. His talent was highly appreciated and the drawings were sold well. Despite his interest in caricatures Monet couldn’t see himself as an artist until he met his mentor, Eugene Boudin who suggested that Claude should draw outdoors. The school of arts didn’t encourage Monet a lot as he didn’t share the educational views of teachers there and left the school soon.
At the start of his career in Paris Claude Monet encountered starting artists who were training to draw copying famous works painted by the best painters out there. He denied such a way of establishing the painting talents and continued drawing what he saw through the window.
A lot of paintings by Monet feature the same women, his beloved one called Camille Doncieux. She gave birth to his first son in 1967 and soon after that they got married to each other in 1870. The second son was born in 1878 but her body had got infected by tuberculosis earlier and the delivery weakened her. She died in 1879 and Monet painter her lying on the bed. Their first son died at the age of 47 in 1914.
Monet once tried to commit suicide by drowning in the Seine river after their first son’s birth having faced the financial difficulties that seemed overpowering that time. Claude’s father rejected him for the reason of Camilla’s unlawful pregnancy. Thanks to Edouard Manet, the fact of selling several paintings and Camilla’s support Claude Monet surpassed the troubles and obtained a new start in life.
Mature ages of Monet marked his life with visual deterioration. He had to undergo surgery for cataract removal that had hindered his sight for about 10 years. During his work on Water Lilies, the most ambitious and famous one his eyes were more and more immersing into darkness. Water Lilies were painted from nature in his own hand made garden in Giverny.
Claude Monet painted the Weeping Willow series of works as a contribution to the fallen soldiers of France during the war.
By November 1890 Claude Monet became so wealthy that he could afford to by a house and land to create his own garden.
He died in 1926 at the age of 86 due to lungs cancer. He was repainting all the works created before the surgery for removal cataract til the last day of his life.