Claude Monet - Artist of the Week
Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge
This week we take a look at Claude Monet as our artist of the week.
Claude Monet was one of the founding members of the 18th century art movement titled Impressionism.Born as Oscar Claude Monet in Paris in 1840 to Adolphe, a shipping magnet and Louise who was a popular hostess.His interest in art began at a young age when he made caricatures and eventually painting landscapes.
The Cliffs at Etretat
He became friends with Renoir and Sisley as they served time in the French military in Algeria. Upon returning, Monet’s paintings concentrated on nature as a theme, a result of constant use of ‘plain air' technique whereby one paints in the outdoor setting.
When Monet and fellow artists were rejected and unable to display their artwork at Salon de Paris, they conducted an independent exhibition. It was here that Monet displayed a Le Havre scene titled ‘Impression: Sunrise.’ And from this painting, they came to be known as ‘Impressionists’ initially in a derogatory context.
Monet Der Rosenweg in Giverny
The works of Monet are marked by pure colours and short, quick brushstrokes. He was also heavily influenced by Japanese prints. Some of his famous works include the series on ‘Haystacks’ and ‘Waterlilies.’