Claude Monet – The Creator of Impressionism

written by Ana on November 14, 2011 in Europeana Art and Feature story and News with 6 comments

“Light is the principal person in the picture” (Claude Monet)

The French painter Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840. His work was so revolutionary and created so much impact that until today it is difficult not to place him as one of the greatest painters of all times.

Monet was one of the founders of impressionism, the art movement of the 19th century that changed how painters reproduced and reacted to light.  One of the main intentions of the impressionist artists was to show the world a new way of contemplating things.

Monet's Bridge in Vervit, 1889

Monet always knew he wanted to be a painter. He began his studies when he was just 11 years old, but found art school and the traditional way art was taught at the time very disappointing and lacking creativity.

It was after moving to Paris in 1862 that Monet would meet his future impressionist friends, and together they would develop innovative ways to paint, dissolving forms, using broken colours as well as free and distinctive brushstrokes to capture the way light transformed nature.

Monet's Camille in Garden, 1873

Being a prolific artist, Monet produced a vast amount of paintings. He died in 1926 at the age of 86 of lung cancer.

Explore more about this great artist and his art on our extensive collection on Monet and impressionism.