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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.    

This painting was made in France in 1996. Monet bough a piece of land in France and made a Japanese garden to paint.
Another painting in France where Monet is influenced by his Japanese garden.
This painting was made in 1878 showing Paris, France celebrating "peace and work".
This painting was made in 1878 in Budapest. This house is where Monet was having hard times in life but was still was trying to capture the color and brightness of the scene.
This painting was created in 1875 in Paris. The boy is Monet's second son in their second home. In the background, there is a shadowy figure, this is Monet's wife, Camille.
This painting is made in 1899 in Giverny of a Japanese styled bridge.
This painting was created in 1886 in France. Monet was very enthusiastic about painting this wild sea and rocks.
This painting was made in 1882 at Cliffs in Pourville. This piece shows Monet's impressionist outlook the best with reflections, shadows, and movements in the water. The shadow reflects a cliff.
This painting was made in 1864 in France. The people are walking in on a road in Honfleur.
This painting was made in 1887 in France. The two women are Monet's second wife's daughters. This painting is one of many paintings at Epte River with Monte's family.
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