Oscar-Claude Monet 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868. An early example of plein-air impressionism, in which a gestural and suggestive use of oil paint was presented as a finished work of art.
In 1872 (or 1873), he painted Impression, Sunrise (Impression: soleil levant) depicting a Le Havre landscape. It hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 and is now displayed in the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. From the painting's title, art critic Louis Leroy coined the term "Impressionism", which he intended as disparagement but which the Impressionists appropriated for themselves.
Gallery of early paintings The Woman in the Green Dress, Camille Doncieux, 1866, Kunsthalle Bremen Le dejeuner sur lherbe, (right section), with Gustave Courbet, 1865-1866, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Woman in a Garden, 1867, Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Poppies Blooming, 1873, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Street near Vétheuil in Winter, 1879 Jean Monet on his Hobby Horse, 1872, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gallery of later paintings Still-Life with Anemones, 1885 Garden Path, 1902 Water Lilies, 1914-1917, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Monet died of lung cancer on 5 December 1926 at the age of 86 and is buried in the Giverny church cemetery Water Lilies, 1920-1926, Musée de l'Orangerie