Claude Monet  (French, 1840-1926) 

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) is celebrated as a pioneering member of the Impressionist movement. Monet was born in Paris, and moved with his family to Le Havre in Normandy when he was a child. As a young man he met Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898), a painter who introduced Monet to painting en plein air, which would influence his work for the rest of his life. Monet moved to Paris in 1859, and spent the next several years studying art in the city and returning to Le Havre to paint with Boudin, while a few of his works were exhibited at the Paris salons.

In 1874, Monet created with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas et Berthe Morisot the Société Anonyme des Artistes, which embraced the avant-garde techniques that were continually rejected by the salons; Monet’s famous work Impression, Sunrise was exhibited at their first group show. The paintings, with their expressionistic brushstroke and embrace of color, light, and form over naturalistic depictions, caused uproar among critics. One critic took the title of Monet’s painting and used the word “impressionism” disdainfully in his review of the group; the Société Anonyme appropriated the word, however, naming themselves the Impressionists.

Monet later moved to Vétheuil where he exhibited his work, including his series of haystacks and the Rouen cathedral series, with other Impressionist artists represented by the influential dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who organized several exhibitions of Impressionist paintings that received great praise in later years. In 1890 Monet moved to his home in Giverny, painting scenes of his garden as well as his famous series of water lilies, which achieved an aesthetic bordering on abstraction towards the end of his life. Monet died in Giverny in 1926, at 86 years old. His work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and many other institutions around the world.

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Claude Monet, Fragment de Nympheas


Claude Monet
Fragment de Nympheas
circa 1915-1919

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Claude Monet, De Voorzaan


Claude Monet
De Voorzaan

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Claude Monet, L'Enfant a la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet


Claude Monet
L'Enfant a la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet

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Claude Monet, Vétheuil dans le brouillard (Vétheuil in the Fog)


Claude Monet
Vétheuil dans le brouillard (Vétheuil in the Fog)
circa 1908

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Claude Monet, Dans la Prairie, Vetheuil


Claude Monet
Dans la Prairie, Vetheuil

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Claude Monet, Falaises


Claude Monet
circa 1892

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Claude Monet, Snowscape


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Claude Monet, Tempête à Belle-île


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Tempête à Belle-île

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Claude Monet, Maison sur la Lézarde à Montivilliers


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Maison sur la Lézarde à Montivilliers, 1857
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Claude Monet, Jeune garçon assis


Claude Monet
Jeune garçon assis, 1857
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Claude Monet, La Seine à Port-Villez


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La Seine à Port-Villez, 1908-1909
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1840   Born: November 14, Paris, France
1860   Met the landscape artist Eugène Boudin, who introduced him to plein-air painting
1860   Attended the Académie Suisse
1862   Enrolled in the studio of Charles Gleyre, with fellow students Frédéric Bazille and Alfred Sisley
1874   Formed the Société Anonyme des Artistes along with other artists
1926   Died: December 5, Giverny, France
2008   Turner to Monet, Naitonal Gallery of Austrialia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
2008   Masterpiece Replayed: Monet, Matisse and More, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2007   Monet bis Picasso - Die Sammlung Batliner, Albertina, Vienna
2006   Women in Impressionism, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005   Marine - Paintings of the Sea, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, England
2004   Monets Garten, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2003   La Vie en Rose, Helly Nahmad Gallery, London, England
2002   Impressions of Light: The Fernch Landscape from Corot to Monet, MFA - Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
2001   Corot to Picasso, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2000   The Impressionists at Argenteuil, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1999   Theo van Gogh - Art Dealer, collector and brother of Vincent, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1998   Is This Art? Art Tower Mito ATM, Mito
1927   Installation of twenty-two water lily paintings (solo)
1927   Claude Monet: Retrospective, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (solo)
1912   Claude Monet: Venice (solo)
1909   Water Lilies: Landscapes of Water (solo)
1904   London: The Thames (solo)
1900   Claude Monet: a selection of his recent paintings (solo)
1891   Exhibition of Monet's first series paintings, Grainstacks, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France (solo)
1889   Retrospective, Galerie Georges Petit (solo)
1883   Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France (solo)
1882   Impressionist group exhibition, Paris, France
1880   First one-man exhibition at La Vie Moderne, Paris, France (solo)
1880   The Salon, Paris, France
1874 - 1879   Impressionist group exhibition, Paris, France
1874   Monet exhibits Impression: Sunrise at the Impressionist group exhibition, Paris; First Exhibition of the Société Anonyme des Artistes
1865 - 1866   The Salon, Paris, France