The Most Intriguing Claude Monet Facts

Claude Monet Facts

Claude Monet is one of the most renowned Impressionist painters. He’s considered as one of the founding fathers of French Impressionism. He was born in Paris to a wealthy family, who encouraged his artistic endeavours from an early age.

Monet’s early education came from his father, a wealthy banker who wanted his son to take over the family business but Claude’s heart was set on becoming an artist. From early childhood, Monet had shown talent in art so it seemed inevitable that he would be drawn to this profession.

Monet was interested in art from an early age and his uncle who lived across the street introduced him to painting. From 1857 he attended drawing classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts but left after two years because he felt that they were not teaching him anything new.

He continued to be self-taught and developed his own style of painting, creating impressionist art. Monet is credited with inventing this new genre of painting which became popular in the 1870’s.

The Impressionist technique that Monet uses is considered to be one of the most influential artistic movements in history. It was born out of a rebellion against what was considered art at the time- mainly realism and academic art. Impressionists rejected these styles because they were based on strict rules and formulas that made it difficult for artists to express themselves freely with their work.

Incredible Claude Monet Facts

1 Despite coming from a family with a strong Catholic background, Claude denounced the church later in his life and became an atheist.

2 He developed a severe cataract that limited his vision in his last years, but this never limited him. His last 250 paintings have extremely accurate details.

3 He loved the Houses of Parliament in London so much that he painted the exact same scene four times over the course of four years.

4 His 1919 painting, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, has the highest value at $80.45 million.

5 He designed his own gardens, but hired gardeners to implement his plans.

6 His mentor was Eugene Boudin, one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors.

7 In 1859, Monet joined a seven-year military program. However, on the second year, he came down with a severe bout of typhoid. He was later released from the military camp under the condition that he had to complete an art course at a certified school.

8 He loved painting his wife. Yes, she is the one in paintings such as Women in the Garden and On the Bank of the Seine.

9 Claude’s dad hated his creativity and drawings; he always pushed his son into the family grocery business.

10 He is actually not named Claude. His baptism name is Oscar-Claude Monet.

11 Oscar-Claude Monet tried to commit suicide in 1868 because of financial distress. You see, Monet wasn’t bestowed with hefty endowments to continue painting and living comfortably as most of us believe. Eventually, he reached a tipping point and tried to commit suicide by drowning himself in the Seine River.

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Summary of Facts about Monet

Claude Monet is a famous impressionist painter and the founder of French art movement Impressionism. His paintings are characterized by their loose, rapid brushstrokes and often unnatural colors. Even though he is labeled as a founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet was not the first Impressionist painter – he just found the term and popularized it to describe his art style. 

Monet’s artistic process of painting is unique. He uses a technique called Pointillism, which consists of applying tiny dabs of paint on top of one another to form an image. The Pointillism technique was created by Georges Seurat, the artist who invented the idea of using tiny dots of paint to create more detailed images.

Monet’s paintings have been appreciated by both artists and laymen alike for their brilliance and beauty.

Monet’s artistic process of painting is unique. He uses a technique called Pointillism, which consists of applying tiny dabs of paint on top of one another to form an image. The Pointillism technique was created by Georges Seurat, the artist who invented the idea of using tiny dots of paint to create more detailed images.

It was born out of a rebellion against what was considered art at the time- mainly realism and academic art. Impressionists rejected these styles because they were based on strict rules and formulas that made it difficult for artists to express themselves freely with their work.