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Claude Monet: (14 November 1840—5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise
Claude Monet was in my opinion the foremost of the French Impressionist painters. His paintings are remarkable in the their use of light. Of all of the painters of any era, he is one of a handful whose work captured the feel of light on canvas. An incredible painter, his paintings really are the spirit of light playing in the material world. Phenomenal work by a consummate artist.
An Afternoon with Monet “It took me sometime to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for pleasure and cultivated them without thinking of painting them. A landscape does not sink into you all at once. And then suddenly, I had a revelation of the magic of my pond. I took up my palette. Since then I have hardly had another subject.” ~ Claude Monet to writer Mark Elder, 1920s via Majorlight
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). The Stroller (Suzanne Hoschedé, later Mrs. Theodore Earl Butler, 1868–1899), 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2003.20.7)
Monet painted five views of the Parc Monceau: three in 1876 and two in 1878. In this canvas, the disposition of light and shade in the foreground, the patterns of the leaves, and the broad contours beginning to develop in areas of strong contrast suggest that Monet had already begun to experiment with the boldly two-dimensional motifs that would characterize his work of the 1880s and 1890s.
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). View of Vétheuil, 1880. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Julia W. Emmons, 1956 (56.135.1) | During summer 1880, Monet painted twenty-six views of the area around the village of Vétheuil.