Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French painter who inadvertently named Impressionism, when a title was quickly needed for one of his paintings in an 1874 exhibition. Monet named it simply “Impression” but the show’s curator, Eduoard Renoir added the explanatory “Sunrise” to the painting’s title. Throughout his long and prolific career, Monet was known for his nature landscapes, and paintings of Paris and the Normandy coast.

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Art in the Picture: Claude Monet4 stars

"Monet was born in Paris, France. His family moved to Le Havre in Normandy when he was five. His father wanted him to go into the family grocery store business, but Claude Oscar Monet wanted to paint." Visit for a short biography, a page of Monet quotes ("Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.") and a gallery of thirty-five paintings. More impressionists (and an introduction to impressionism) are just a click away. "Impressionism was an art movement of the 19th century, which began as a private association of Paris-based artists who exhibited publicly in 1874."

The Clark: The Unknown Monet5 stars

In 2007, The Clark Art Institute, of Williamstown, MA, hosted an exhibit that contradicted many assumptions about the way Monet painted. Long thought of as an "anti-draftsman" painter, Unknown Monet uncovered the importance of drawing in the development of his paintings. In this virtual exhibit, you can learn more about Monet's painting process and view an interactive gallery of his sketchbooks. "In public, Monet presented himself as an artist who painted spontaneously from nature. This exhibition tells a less familiar story, revealing his use of small sketches to define subjects for pictures and the role of line in his painting practice."

Claude Monet: Life and Art3 stars

Best clicks here are an English translation of an autobiographical memoir (published in a Paris newspaper on November 26, 1900), a look at the Japanese woodblock engravings that Monet collected and displayed in his home, and a discussion of the effects Monet's cataracts had on the colors of his paintings. "Avoiding black was so deeply anchored in Monet's manner that when he died, his friend Georges Clemenceau would not stand the black sheet covering the coffin. He exclaimed: "No! No black for Monet!" and replaced it by a flowered material."

Claude Monet: Works of Art3 stars

Although the introduction and biographical timeline were probably not written by a native English speaker, I am overlooking the minor grammatical errors because I enjoyed the layout and perusing the four gallery pages that house seventy-three Monet paintings. The annotation on each piece includes the year it was created, the size, the media, and the museum that owns the piece. " By the year of 1909, Claude Monet had already finished 48 of the Nympheas paintings (e.g., "Water Lilies", 1906). The size of these canvases did not exceed one meter in width at that time, however, after the year 1912, the format of these water sceneries was growing in size bigger and bigger."

National Gallery of Art: Tour: Claude Monet5 stars

In the 1880's, Claude Monet began to paint the same subjects over and over again. These paintings are known as the Series Paintings. Some of the themes he returned to time and time again are poplar trees, the Rouen Cathedral, the Waterloo Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament. This online tour of seven such paintings from the National Gallery of Art is like walking through the museum with a guide. Just click "continue tour" to move from one object to the next. "In late January or early February 1892, Monet rented rooms across from Rouen cathedral. He remained until spring, painting its looming façade many times, most often as we see it here, close up and cropped to the sides. The next winter he returned to paint the cathedral again, making in all more than thirty views of it."

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Claude Oscar Monet: The Complete Works

Foundation Claude Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet

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