Monet, Claude Oscar (1840-1926),
French painter, a leading figure in the late-19th-century movement called
impressionism. Monet's paintings captured scenes of middle-class life and the
ever-changing qualities of sunlight in nature. His technique of applying bright,
unmixed colors in quick, short strokes became a hallmark of impressionism.
Monet in his garden
Gardens were a recurrent theme for
Monet in the 1870s, and paintings of his own garden dominate his later work. In
1890 he purchased a house in Giverny that he had been renting for seven years.
He began to develop its gardens, introducing an ornamental lily pond and a
Japanese-style bridge. These and other features of his idyllic estate were the
subject of a steady output of large decorative paintings. He generally began by
painting outdoors, but would then return to his studio to work and rework his
canvases, which had become even more layered and complex than before.
Text from Microsoft Encarta
Monet painting the water lilies
Photos of Water Lilies in his Garden his paintings in the Orangerie
(from Post Cards available in their Gift Shop)
Monet's dining room
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