Claude Monet. Not Just a Painter a Creator of Beauty

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The most famous of the impressionist painters, Claude Oscar Monet, born, November 14, 1840 and died. December 5, 1926, was also the most committed to recording the effects of light and atmosphere on art work. This idea led Monet and his colleagues to develop the techniques of impressionism Monet advised his fellow painters to concentrate on the play of light and color of the objects that they had before them. The goal was to capture temporary phenomena, and this was pursued in a systematic manner, according to the laws of optics and complementary color relationships; yet the result was often a sheer celebration of painting itself, an expression of Monet's delight in the colors, textures, and shapes of the landscape.

In 1859, Monet moved to Paris and attended the Academie Suisse, where he met Camille Pissarro. After a break for military service and a brief return to Le Havre, he returned to Paris to enroll in the studio of Charles Gleyre, where he met Pierre Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille, and Alfred Sisley.

By 1865 he had embarked on a program of outdoor painting of marine and forest subjects, townscapes, and figures in landscape settings.

In the summer of 1869, Monet worked alongside Renoir and began to emerge as the leading figure in the creation of the techniques of outdoor impressionism.

Until the 1880s, Monet endured extreme poverty, during this decade, his works began to sell at higher prices, allowing him to live and paint as he wished. In the early 1890s, he again took up the idea of producing a series of views of the same subject which he intended to be shown as a group. His subjects included haystacks, poplars, the facade of Rouen Cathedral as it...