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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926) grew up in Le Havre, France, where an aunt first financed his painting studies. Later, in Paris, he met and was influenced by future Impressionist colleagues Sisley, Renoir, and others. He was a leading figure in the Impressionists’ first group exhibition in 1874, which one critic ridiculed as "a collection of freshly painted canvases smeared with floods of cream." It was Monet’s painting of the Le Havre harbor in Impression, Sunrise, that gave the fledgling movement its name. Until late in his life, Monet suffered frequent personal and professional ups and downs. Yet, he never wavered in the quest to paint his direct, sensory impressions of nature without intellectual thought. "Paintings aren’t made with doctrines," he declared.life.

Claude Monet, The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil, 1880

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Claude Monet
The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil, 1880

Claude Monet, Cliffs at Pourville, 1882

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Claude Monet
Cliffs at Pourville, 1882

Claude Monet, Bridge at Argenteuil on a Grey Day, c. 1876

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Claude Monet
Bridge at Argenteuil on a Grey Day, c. 1876

Claude Monet, Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, 1880

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Claude Monet
Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, 1880

Claude Monet, The Luncheon on the Grass, c. 1865

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Claude Monet
The Luncheon on the Grass, c. 1865

Claude Monet, Woman Seated under the Willows, 1880

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Claude Monet
Woman Seated under the Willows, 1880

Claude Monet, Argenteuil, c. 1872

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Claude Monet
Argenteuil, c. 1872

Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, 1897

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Claude Monet
The Seine at Giverny, 1897

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, 1894

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Claude Monet
Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, 1894

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, Sunlight, 1894

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Claude Monet
Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, Sunlight, 1894

Claude Monet, The Cradle, Camille with the Artist's Son Jean, 1867

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Claude Monet
The Cradle, Camille with the Artist's Son Jean, 1867

 

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