Monet was a French painter and the leader of Impressionist Style. Impression: Sunshine 1872
Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840in Paris.He was the second son of ClaudeAdolphe Monet and Louise Justine AubréeMonet.His father wanted him to go into the familygrocery business, but Monet wantedto become an artist.His mother was a singer.On the first of April 1851, Monetentered Le Havre secondary schoolof the arts. Locals knew him wellfor his charcoal caricatures, whichhe would sell for ten to twentyfrancs.
On the beaches of Normandy in about1856/1857, he met fellow artist EugeneBoudin, who became his mentor and taughthim to use oil paints. Boudin taught Monet"en plein air" (outdoor) techniques forpainting.Bouding was a famous marine painter.When Monet traveled to Paris to visit theLouvre, he witnessed painters copying fromthe old masters. Having brought his paintsand other tools with him, he would insteadgo and sit by a window and paint what hesaw.
Monet died of lung cancer on 5 December 1926 at theage of 86 and is buried in the Giverny churchcemetery.His famous home, garden and water lily pond werebequeathed by his son Michel, his only heir, to theFrench Academy of Fine Arts (part of the Institute deFrance) in 1966.Through the Foundation Claude Monet, the house andgardens were opened for visit in 1980, followingrestoration. In addition to souvenirs of Monet andother objects of his life, the house contains hiscollection of Japanese woodcut prints.The house is one of the two main attractions ofGiverny, which hosts tourists from all over the world.
The Woman in the Green Dress 1866Monets Camille or TheWoman in the GreenDress (La femme à larobe verte), painted in1866, brought himrecognition and was oneof many works featuringhis future wife, CamilleDoncieux
Women in the Garden Camille was the model for the figures in Women in the Garden of the following year, as well as for On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868, pictured here. Shortly thereafter, Camille became pregnant and gave birth to their first child, Jean.
Camille Monet on Her Deathbed 1879Monet and Camille Doncieux hadmarried just before the war (28June 1870)and, after theirexcursion to London andZaandam, they had moved toArgenteuil, in December 1871. Itwas during this time that Monetpainted various works of modernlife. Camille became ill in 1876.They had a second son, Michel, on17 March 1878, (Jean was born in1867). This second child weakenedher already fading health. In thatsame year, he moved to the villageof Vétheuil. On 5 September 1879,Camille Monet died oftuberculosis at the age of thirty-two; Monet painted her on herdeath bed.
Monet’s Home at Giverny and Some of His PaintingsAt the beginning of May 1883, Monet and his large family rented a house and 2 acres(8,100 m2) from a local landowner. The house was situated near the main road between thetowns of Vernon and Gasny at Giverny. There was a barn that doubled as a painting studio,orchards and a small garden. The house was close enough to the local schools for thechildren to attend and the surrounding landscape offered an endless array of suitable motifsfor Monets work.