This article discusses the life, works and death of Claude Monet – one of the greatest impressionist painters in the history.
Who would not have heard of Claude Oscar Monet? He is considered as one of the greatest, impressionist painters of France, who painted the famous Garden at Sainte-Adresse. It is his painting entitled “Impression, Sunrise “ where Impressionism was taken, meaning giving or expressing one’s perception or discernment on nature.
Life for Claude Monet is a blissful one on the start, but when his mother died, he left art school and travel to Paris. There he met other younger painters who copied the works of old masters, but he stayed on with his subject and continued painting landscapes, meeting and becoming friends with other Impressionist like Manet.
Monet joined the regiment for Africa but decommissioned later on due to typhoid fever and entered art school at his aunt’s request. Monet became a pupil for Charles Gleyre and became friends with Renoir, Sisley and Bazille, who influences his choices, view of subject matters, and have collaborate with them to study the effect of phare or light to the canvass and brushstrokes.
In 1866, Monet painted the Flowering Garden at Sainte-Adresse, which is now located at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris and Jardin à Sainte-Adresse in1867 and can now be seeing hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, in 1870; he married Camille Doncieux, one of his favorite posers. Including some of his best painting like the The Woman in the Green Dress, Woman with a Parasol, Camille Monet on a Garden Bench and Camille Monet at her tapestry loom.
During the time of the Franco-Prussia war, Monet travelled in London, Netherlands, Holland and Amsterdam. This is the period where he painted the Impression, Sunrise and started to influence the themes or subjects of Monet’s painting gearing it towards modernization. When Camille, weakened by tuberculosis and second childbirth died, Monet painted her in her deathbed.
Monet would travel, and surf the seaside and shared a house in Vétheuil with the widow of Ernest Hoschedé who is a patron of art. Alice helped Monet raised his two kids eventually her daughter, Blanche married Monet’s first son, Jean, and Monet marrying Alice later on. Blanche also became a painter and a protégée of Monet who worked with Monet and took care of him during the remaining years of his life. He contracted cataract and after having surgeries, he repainted some of his works. He died in 1926, at the age of 86 because of lung cancer.
Many of Monet’s works depicts landscapes and nature, often playing with the effects of the light with the colors bringing vibrancy and depth on his works. One of his painting entitled Jardin à Sainte-Adresse is inspired by the works of Hokusai’s Turban-shell Hall of the Five Hundred Rakan Temple as Monet is a great follower of Hokusai. The subjects and effects of the figure highlight great resemblance with the Japanese master’s works of perfect geometry, creating colorful contrast and breaking out of traditional way of painting.
Nowadays, Many replicas of Monet’s works as well as other master’s painting hang on hotel lobbies and souvenirs shops that sell them to tourist and locals.