Claude Monet

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Claude Monet

I do what I can to express what I feel presence of nature.

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Claude Monet

• Born in Paris, France in

1840

• Is now one of the most famous artists of all time

• Impressionist painter

Impressionist Style

• Soft edges

• Bright colors dabbed side by side

• Short, choppy brushstrokes

• Highly textured surface

Subject Matter

• Painted the people & places he knew best

• Common

Subjects:

– Seascapes

– Landscapes

– Flowers

– Portraits

Regatta at Argenteuil

,

1872

Poppies at Argenteuil

,

1873

Woman with a

Parasol

1875

Camille Monet and her son Jean

Painted the same subject in different weather, seasons, and times of the day

Monet saw that the colors of a scene changed as the light and weather changed

Color constantly changes according to the sun

’ s position

Rouen Cathedral

Morning Sun

,

1893

Rouen Cathedral at Midday

,

1894

Rouen Cathedral in the Evening

,

1894

Giverny

• Monet created a beautiful garden in Giverny

– Bamboo, Irises, Roses, Water Lilies, and Wisteria

• After 1911, the garden became his sole subject

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As Monet grew older, his style began to change due to his failing eyesight

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny

1900

1923

– Painted hundreds of water lilies from 1900-26

– Water lilies became hazier as his cataracts worsened

– Eventually the water lilies, water, and reflections melted together into a hazy mist of swirling color

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