Claude Monet Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 in Paris France. Even though Monet was born in Paris, he spent most of his life in Le Havre. His father was a grocer and his mother stayed home with family. Monet showed his love of drawing at an early age. Monet also loved to be outside. Monet’s mother really encouraged his love of drawing while Monet’s father did not. Monet’s father, Adolphe, wanted Monet to be a businessman. One of Monet’s most idolized artists in the beginning of his career is Eugene Boudin. Eugene Boudin also paints a lot of what monet paints, landscape. Soon, Monet stated to paint outdoors, which can also be called “Plein air Painting.” In 1859, Monet moved to Paris to pursue his career. There, he took classes in the Academic Suisse. Monet met one of his close friends at Academic Suisse, Camille Pissarro. From 1861 to 1862 Monet served in army in Algeria but was soon discharged because of health reasons. After this happened, Monet went back in Paris to study with Charles Gleyre. Charles Gleyre is a very famous artist who became one of Monet’s biggest influences quickly after meeting him. In 1865, Monet won the acceptance to the salon, an annual art show in Paris. Although Monet won with two of his marine paintings, he still struggled financially. A year later, Monet was chosen for the salon again with his painting “Woman in Green”. This painting is of Monet and his wife Camille Doncieux. In 1867, Monet and Camille had their first son, Jean. Monet although, was still in financial difficulty. His father wouldn’t even give him money. After all of this happening, Monet committed suicide by drowning himself. In 1873 although, monet’s painting “Impression, Sunrise” became legendary. This piece of art is showing earth and its colorful, bold colors. In 1880s and 1890s is where Monet became very well known. Monet loved to paint nature. In Monet’s last years, he was depressed and financially broke. He thought his life was nothing but a failure, but it wasn’t. Monet opened a new door of painting and ideas for artists. Monet’s bold colors and abstract pieces helped changed the world of art today.