His work started a major artistic movement in France during the late 19th century and still today his painting are revered across the world by people of all ages. Claude Monet’s distinctive style of using small strokes of color to simulate light became known as Impressionism. The name comes from one of his most famous paintings, Impression: Sunrise, which was completed in 1872.
Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris. Struggling with poverty, his family moved a few years later to the coastal city of Le Havre. This is where Monet developed his love for the outdoors and began to study with Eugene Boudin, one of the biggest influences on his painting. Boudin introduced him to him to the absurd concept of “open-air” painting.
At the age of 16, after his mother’s death, Monet moved to Paris to pursue his painting career. During this time, he was introduced to a woman named Camille Pissarro, who would later become the subject of many of his painting as well as his wife. His family was so opposed to his decision to be an artist, they even offered to buy him out of military service if he gave up his studies and came back home. He of course did not accept and spent the next several years with a cavalry division stationed in North Africa. After suffering from typhoid fever, his family pooled their money to get him out of the army.
The 60’s were a very difficult period for Monet, his paintings were not selling well and he was very poor. Some of his paintings were displayed in exhibitions; his most notable was a portrait of his mistress Camille. In 1862 he entered the studio Gleyre and there met the painters who would help bring about the Impressionist movement: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frederick Bazille. His paintings of the late 1860’s were mainly seascapes including The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, La Grenouillère, and The Beach at Trouville.
The year 1870 brought along big changes in Monet’s life. To escape