When I think of an artist I would like to research, my mind automatically heads for the vibrant colors of the impressionist painters. Like anyone else I have many favorites, (Van Gogh, Renoir, and Pissarro), however one artist delivers the oxygen which allows myself to breathe deeply, this fellows name is Claude Monet. I am overtaken by the sort of characteristics that are involved in Monet’s work, such as his devotion to the movement of the objects he painted, along with the attention of detail relating to color contrast. These were many typical ideals of the impressionism movement; however Monet’s paintings were exceptionally well equipped with the vibrant means to satisfy the urges of human beings with there inert taste of art. In many artesian circles Monet is referred to as the Archetypal Impressionist, this name is fitting in the sense that one of his paintings Impression Sunrise; 1872, gave the group its name. Through many experiences in this great man’s long painting career Monet understood the value placed upon his dedication of his life long dream.

On the day of November 14th 1840 Claude Monet was born in Paris, France. His youth was mostly spent in La Havre, were he developed his skills as a caricaturist. He was then converted to painting landscapes by his early mentor Eugène Boudin, this fellow created a passion in Monet that eventually lead him to paint mostly out-doors. In 1859 he studied in Paris at the Ateller Suisse which in turn formed a life long friendship with Pissarro and Courbet, fellow impressionists. Monet however did not paint his entire life he did for a brief moment have a military career at the point of 1860-1862 in the Algerian army. He did however find his way back to his home in Le Havre on his arrival he meets a young woman by the name of Camille, to whom he said he owed, “the definitive education of my eye”. By 1862 he finally entered the studio of Gleyre in Paris; with this success he met Renoir, Sisley, and Bazille. These three painters would soon be known as the nucleus of the Impressionist group. Monet soon began his endless quest of devotion in capturing the variations of light and atmosphere brought though the change of hours and seasons. Monet turned out to become a student of his landscapes, his friends and his older contemporaries such as, Manet, Corot, and Courbet. Monet mostly dedicated his time on the observation of how light reflected across the objects he would paint, he learned a great deal of reflective aspects though his studies of optics. The way Monet incorporated his usage of color was an important aspect of Monet’s work. This portion was very interesting because he eliminated black and grey from his palette, this was because of the fact that he broke the individual colors of the scenery down into the different components such as a prism would do. This approach was not common at all in the artisan’s community at the time, he mostly rejected the academic approach all together, with landscapes. Some of his most famous pieces capturing the daylight in spontaneous motion are Women in the Garden (1866-1867), and many of his paintings on the Irises. On the Women in the Garden painting Courbet said Monet wouldn’t even paint the leaves in the background if the lighting was not right! In 1865 Monet gets his first big break, his paintings are submitted for the first time to the official Salon. In 1867 his first son is born Jean Monet and his new life begins.

With new things come new and unfound problems, in 1868 Monet tries to commit suicide, then however he receives a pension from Mr. Gaudibert which reopens the door of life. During the French-Prussian war of (1870-1871) Monet sought safety in England where he painted with Pissarro on works such as Thames and London parks. After his refuge was finished he moved back to his home country of France were he housed in a small village on the Seine near Paris called Argenteuil. While creating a household environment; in France the impressionists group gets there first exhibition in the studio of Nadar, “Impression : Sunrise”. At this point in his life he is completely broke,