Claude Monet Essay

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Claude Monet (1840 - 1926) Claude Oscar Monet was born in November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. His father was Claude-Adolphe, who owned a grocery store and his mother was Louise-Justine Aubree, who was a singer. Even though his father wanted his son to continue the grocery store business, he declared his love for art and his hopes in becoming a great artist. By 1851, Claude was eleven and he began his studies at the Le Havre school for the arts. While there he sold charcoal caricature paintings to the locals and he developed a reputation by it. Claude studied under Jacques-Francois Orchard for a few years. While there he became friends with Eugene Boudin who help Claude master oil painting and a technique called “plein air”. Plein air is a style of painting outdoors. By 1857 Monet’s mother passed away and he left school to live with his aunt, Marie-Jeanne Lecadre. When Monet visited the Louvre in Paris, he noticed that the painters were mimicking the works of famous artist. Instead of copying the styles of other artist he sat by a window and painted the view. While in Paris he became closer to other painters and one of these painters were Edouard Manet. In June 1861, Monet joined the First Regiment of African Light Calvary in Algeria where he stayed for two years, even though he was suppose to stay for seven years. His aunt petitioned for his return after he contracted typhoid. Upon his return to paris, he picked up where he left off, studying art, experimenting with new styles, and making friends. Since he left the army before he was suppose to they sent him to a university to study art. He began studying with Charles Gleyre and met Pierre-August Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frederic Bazille. They all shared their ideas on new painting techniques. While he was studying with Gleyre, Monet met a woman named Camille Doncieux. They had a son named Jean in 1867. In

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