Claude Monet, in full Oscar-Claude Monet, (born November 14, 1840, Paris, France—died December 5, 1926, Giverny), a French painter who was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. In his mature works, Monet developed his method of producing repeated studies of the same motif in series, changing canvases with the light or as his interest shifted.
Claude Monet did not receive a formal artistic education but learned informally from other artists. As a teenager, he studied drawing with a local artist. Later, Monet was befriended by Eugène Boudin, who introduced him to painting in the open air. To his family’s annoyance, Monet refused to enroll in the École des Beaux-Arts.
In his work, he did not try to reproduce a scene faithfully as examined in detail but rather attempted to record on the spot the impression that a relaxed, momentary vision of the scene gave him. Claude Monet’s influence on other artists was wide-ranging, from his near contemporaries such as Vincent van Gogh to a diverse new generation of artists. Visiting American artists adopted his fresh palette, subject matter, and spontaneous style and eventually introduced those elements to American art.
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