Jenz thoughts and feelings

November 14, 2006

Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840

Filed under: NOVEMBER National Blog Posting Month!,On this day — jenz @ 8:49 pm

young.jpgMonet was the son of Adolphe and Louise-Justine.monet.jpg

He was born in Paris and the family moved to Normanby when he was 5. His father was a grocer and it was hope that the young Claude would follow in his footsteps. Claude’s mother was a singer. When Claude was 11 years old he went to Le Havre Secondary school. He became known locally for his charcoal caricatures which he sold. 5 or 6 years later he met a fellow artist (Boudin) who became his mentor. Boudin taught Monet many different painting techniques. In 1957 Claude’s mother died. He left school and his aunt took him to live in her house.

Monet went to Paris to visit The Lourve and stayed several years. There he saw painters copying from the great artists of the time. Monet had brought his paints and gear with him so he would go and sit by a window and paint what he observed around him. While in Paris he met other artists and they all painted in the impressionism style.

In 1861 Monet joined the army. However 2 years later he got typhoid and his aunt got him out of the army on the provision that he go to university and study art. Monet didnt like the art the university taught so in 1862 he left and joined a studio run by Charles Gleyre. It was here the likes of artists such as Renoir, Bazille and Sisley, together they experimented with new art techniques and discovered and painted in the Impressionism style.

In 1866 he painted this picture monet-great.jpg people started to recognise him. “The Woman in the Green Dress” was his future wife she featured in many of his paintings. Shortly after this painting was painted she got pregnant and they had a son. In 1868 Monet tried to commit suicide.

Between 1870 and 1871 Monet went to England to avoid the Franco-Prussian War. While he was there he examined the works of Constable and Turner. Their landscapes inspired Monet with his use of colour in his own paintings.

Monet lived in a village near Seine River near Paris between 1871 and 1878. It was here that he painted some of his best paintings. 265.jpgIn 1872 he paintedimpression_sunrise.jpg it hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 and still hangs in the Impressionism art gallery in Paris to this day. This painting is where the term Impressionism originate it was meant to be a derogatory term made up by an art critic but as you can see there is nothing ugly about this painting and the term and the paintings involved are in fact loved by many.

In 1870 Monet and his “Woman in the Green Dress” finally got married and had another son in 1878. Sadly she died in 1879. Long time friend (Alice) the wife of a then wealthy business man (he later went into bankruptcy) and Impressionism art collector offers to help Monet to bring up his boys as well as her own children. He later separated from his wife and their family. Monet planted a large garden where they lived and painted it for the rest of his life.


After the death of Alice’s husband she marries Monet.

During the 1880’s and 90’s Monet explored light and weather painting lots of the same painting in varying conditions. Below is a few of his first series. There were actually 20 of this subject in all.


All 20 were exhibited in 1895.

Monet travelled to the Mediterranean between 1883 and 1908 there he painted important and interesting places. In 1911Alice died followed by one of his sons in 1914. Monet got cataracts and had surgeries for them in1923. During this time his paintings all seem to have a reddish tone, which is how people see when they have cataracts.

Monet died on December the 5th 1926at the age of 86.



Claude Monet

If you are interested in seeing more of Monet’s paintings visit the site of The Impressionism Art Gallery I mentioned in this report



  1. I am a huge fan of Monet and Dega, they were so wonderfully talented.

    Comment by Leticia — November 15, 2006 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  2. I love landscapes

    Comment by jenz — November 15, 2006 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  3. Greetings from Giverny France where we still honor Claude Monet and take care of his house and gardens.

    Comment by Ariane — December 18, 2006 @ 11:07 am | Reply

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