Day #16, happy 3d advent! Today, we will present you , who a world-famous French artist.
Claude Monet’s paintings, especially his series „the water lilies“ are world-famous.
But who was Claude Monet and what was his life like?
Monet raised in Le Havre, a city at the northwest-coast of France. Already as a student, his caricatures were famous. As a teenager, he met the canvas trader Eugène Boudin, who motivated Monet to paint outside in the open air.
When he moved to Paris in order to study art, Monet met the artists Pissaro, Bazille, Renois et Sisley. Together they founded an artist community, that we consider nowadays as the founders of impressionism.
Monets work „impression, sunrise“, which he published 1874 in an exposition, presents the birth of the arte movement called impressionism. Despite that, his paintings got a lot of criticism because of the gross style of painting. Although this should help to express the realistic impression of the moment, and especially of the light, his paintings seemed to be as unfinished, like a sketch.
Only 1883 Monet hat the chance to have his own exhibition in London. From the money he made, he bought his house in Giverny – a small village between Paris and the northern french region Normandy. The beautiful garden, which he designed precisely by his own, was an inspiration for his most famous paintings.
You can still visit his house and his garden in Giverny, the village is accessible in around 1 hour from Paris – per train, as well as by car. Especially in the springtime, the colorful flowerage will amaze you.