Claude Monet

Oscar-Claude Monet was born on November 14th, 1840 and died December 5th, 1926. He was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet’s ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life. [From Wikipedia]

Love Letters

Love letters to Claude Monet from artists about his paintings, what they mean to them and what they love about them.

Impression, Sunrise

written by Katie Ayres

I find this painting mesmerizing, I just feel like I am there, in another space and time. It is amazing that it is the painting…

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The Houses of Parliament Series

written by Katie

Monet created 100 paintings of the Houses of Parliament, creating a series of paintings that are remarkable and beautiful.

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Who Knew?

written by Katie Ayres

Well, OK, I guess I didn’t know or even think of Monet before impressionism. You can see with the piece above Interior, after Dinner, how…

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Upcoming and Current Exhibitions

The Water Lilies

Musee de L’Orangerie

Jardin Tuileries, 75001
Paris, France

Thursday, December 2, 2021 — Wednesday, November 27, 2024

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123 Boulevard de Sorbonne

Thursday, June 11, 2026

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