Claude Monet and Impressionism

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Claude Monet and Impressionism

The purpose of this paper is to deliver a short history of the life of Claude Monet while giving an in-depth description of his artistic journey through Impressionism and the major factors which influenced his artistic style. This paper describes the artistic influences and techniques in Monet’s life from beginning to end, with a definition of Impressionism in place of a conclusion. Examples of his works may be found in Appendices A and B.

Pre-Artistic History
Oscar-Claude Monet was the second son of Claude-Adolphe and Louise-Justine Aubrée Monet, born on the 14th of November in the year 1840. Monet’s father wished him to inherit and continue the family’s grocery store business; however, Monet had other aspirations: he decided to become an artist. His artistic choice of occupation was possibly influenced by his mother who was a singer.
Claude Monet is not to be confused with Édouard Manet who was also an impressionistic painter of the same time period. Édouard Manet is often referred to as the “father” of the Impressionist Movement, as he was one of the first artists to use the “colour patch” style and was therefore a great influence—and often was a mentor as well as friend—to many of the great Impressionists, such as Claude Monet.

Artistic Life and Influences Monet’s art-filled life began during his schooling in Le Havre when, according to his autobiography, he would draw caricatured portraits of his professors in the margins of his textbooks. During this time, he became well-known locally and was commissioned for charcoal caricatures, for which he would charge between 10 and 20 francs depending on how he liked the looks of his clients. He made acquaintance with Eugéne Boudin, who encouraged Monet to step away from caricatures and start sketching and painting “en plein-air” and use nature’s beauty to his

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