Monet's painting "Nympheas".

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Claude Oscar Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. His main life accomplishments included a French painter, initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. He is regarded as the beginning of the Impressionist era, in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career.

For this painting, Monet's use of color along with use of intricate brush strokes is beautiful. The vast variations of brush strokes and color placement techniques what make his work so unique and individual. The brush strokes look very quick and abrupt as if he was painting hastily. Once the bluish tones of the water were established, he continues to work his way towards the bottom using a lot of layers. He then begins into greens and continues to layer with darker colors working with the colors used to create the shadows of the willow tree.

These particular techniques seem to be very effective and appropriate for the painting. Monet also accentuates the use of lighting in this piece. The varying brush strokes and variable use of color brings out the effect of light in this piece to show what time of day it might have been. Though he is using a limited number of colors he can still manage to create a specific tone of color with what he is using.

I chose this artist because I really like his style of painting and his determination in the process. Monet's paintings visually changed throughout his lifetime, but he always kept that sort of relaxed painting sort of style, with soft edges and no straight lines of edges, which later became known as impressionism. As he likes his paintings very relaxed and soft looking.