Oscar Claude Monet was an impressionist painter who is regarded as being a predecessor of the abstract art movement. Born in France on November 14, 1840, Claude Monet (as he was commonly called) used nature as inspiration to create paintings that were softly colored but extremely visually appealing. Claude Monet’s father was a grocery store owner and his mother was a singer. Claude Monet showed interest in the arts from a very young age and he first entered art school in 1851. His first solo exhibition was held in Paris in 1874 and his work received widespread praise. Claude Monet’s fascination with painting the French countryside, alongside his unusual technique, made his paintings highly sought after amongst the rich and well-to-do. Hence, he was able to support himself as a professional artist. Claude Monet died in France on December 5, 1926. He was 86 years old. Although Claude Monet is gone his artwork continues to delight and inspire viewers.
Below is a list of facts about Claude Monet:
• On 28 January 1857, Claude Monet’s mother died. At the age of sixteen, he left school and went to live with his widowed and childless aunt named Marie-Jeanne Lecadre.
• Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.
• In 1883, Claude Monet moved to Giverny. The house he brought had a lot of property and he designed a massive landscaping project to bring extreme beauty to his home. This landscaping project included creating lily ponds.
• In 1899, Claude Monet began painting the water lilies that grew in the ponds he had built into his property. These lily pad paintings became extremely popular and remain among his most well-known and beloved work.
• For the last 25 years of his life Claude Monet focused on creating large scale paintings. Today many of these paintings are on display in museums throughout the world.