Claude Monet whose full name is Oscar Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was the initial founder of oil painting school-French Impressionist. He is also the most prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing people’s perceptions before nature. The name of the oil painting school “Impressionism” is original from the title of his famous painting Impression, Sunrise which was exhibited in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet in 1874. In 1 April, 1851, Claude Monet studied at the Le Havre secondary school for the course of arts. He has sold charcoal caricatures at this time and these works could be sold for ten to twenty francs. At the same time, he was beginning to learn from Jacques-Francois Ochard who is the excellent trainee of Jacques-Louis David. In 1856/1857’s beaches of Normandy, he met with famous artist Eugene Boudin and this famous oil painting artist had became his teacher and taught him how to better apply the oil paints. He taught Monet outdoor techniques for painting. In 1862, Monet has learnt from Charles Gleyre who is the famous oil painting artist in Paris, On the other hand, he met with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille and Alfred Sisley. They had shared with each other new approaches for oil painting. Their skills of painting the effects of light en plein air with broken color and rapid brushstrokes have later became the famous Impressionism. Monet’s Camille or The Woman in the Green Dress which have been painted in 1866 brought with him high reputation and was one of many works featuring his future wife, Camille Doncieux. She was the model for the figures in The Woman in the Garden of the following year, as well as for On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1868, pictured here. Shortly thereafter Doncieux became pregnant and gave birth to their first child, Jean. In May 1871, he began to live in Zaandam. At here, he made 25 oil painting paintings. He also paid a first visit to nearby Amsterdam. After this visiting, he returned to France in October or November of 1871. Monet lived from December 1871 to 1878 at Argenteuil, a village on the Seine near Paris, and here he painted some of his best known works. In 1874, he briefly returned to Holland. In 1872 (or 1873), he painted Impression, Sunrise which had been hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 and is now displayed in the Musee Marmottan-Monet, Paris. Monet and Camille Doncieux had married just before the war (June 28, 1870) and, after their excursion to London and Zaandam, they had moved into a house in Argenteuil near the Seine River in December 1871. They had a second son, Michel, on March 17, 1878, (Jean was born in 1867). This second child weakened her already fading health. In that same year, he moved to the village of Vetheuil. At the age of thirty-two, Madame Monet died on 5 September 1879 of tuberculosis, Monet painted her on her death bed. During the early 1880s Monet painted several groups of landscapes and seascapes in what he considered to be campaigns to document the French countryside. His extensive campaigns evolved into his series’ paintings. Beginning in the 1880s and 1890s, through the end of his life in 1926, Monet began to work on “series” paintings, in which a subject was depicted in varying light and weather conditions. His first series exhibited was Haystacks, painted from different points of view and at different times of the day. Fifteen of the paintings were exhibited at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1891. He later produced several series of paintings including: Rouen Cathedral, Poplars, the Houses of Parliament, Mornings on the Seine, and the Water Lilies that were painted on his property at Giverny. On 1883 and 1908, Claude Monet traveled to the Mediterranean, where he painted landmarks, landscapes, and seascapes, such as Bordighera. He painted an important series of paintings in Venice, Italy, and in London he painted two important series – views of Parliament and views of Charing Cross Bridge. His second wife Alice died in 1911 and his oldest son Jean, who had married Alice’s daughter Blanche, Monet’s particular favourite, died in 1914. During World War I, in which his younger son Michel served and his friend and admirer Clemenceau led the French nation, Monet painted a series of Weeping Willow trees as homage to the French fallen soldiers. Monet died of lung cancer on December 5, 1926 at the age of 86 and is buried in the Giverny church cemetery. Monet had insisted that the occasion be simple, thus about fifty people attended the ceremony. | Buy Handmade Oil Painting Reproductions Online | Largest choice of painting sizes and other custom services.
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