Claude Monet

French (1840 - 1926)
Claude Monet Haystacks: Snow Effect 1891

Biography

Born 1840
Died 1926
Nationality French
Birth place Paris
Death place Giverny

Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists. His painting Impression, Sunrise, shown in Paris in 1874, prompted critics to label him and fellow exhibitors as 'Impressionists'. Monet had moved to Paris from Le Havre, Normandy, where, inspired by Boudin, he painted landscapes in the open air. Encouraged by friends he met in Paris, including Pissarro and Renoir, he continued throughout his long and prolific life to capture in his paintings through the vivid use of colour changing light effects. He was to refine this interest through his 'series' pictures, exploring the same subject at different times of day and year.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.