Claude Monet was a famous French painter whose influence on modern art was huge thanks to his role in the impressionist art movement that gave the world some of it's most famous artists. This website looks into the life and career of Claude Monet alongside a full gallery of his most impressive paintings which included the likes of the Water Lilies series and the Japanese Bridge from his own garden in Giverny. Claude Monet has close friendships with several other impressionists and they would exhibit together in the early days around the middle of the 19th century.
Claude Monet tackled many different subjects within his impressionist style and most notable topics included landscape paintings, some portraits and self-portraits plus also a fine selection of still life too. It is fair to say that he is best remembered now within the art public for his landscape paintings of the French countryside but there were also other locations covered including a series in London as well. This artist's landscape paintings would normally cover pretty natural scenes such as brightly coloured flowered gardens often accompanied by bright blue skies.
Claude Monet lived a long and highly productive life which enabled him to experiment with huge numbers of ideas right across his career. Many talented artists have their lives cut short through social problems which often go hand in hand with creative spark, but fortunately Monet was not the same and could use all his energies on his work, even finding the time and finance to develop a huge garden setting for his work which gave us some of his most famous paintings of all.
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Waterlilies are the best known element found in the garden of this great artist who anticipated the beauty which would be found within his ponds once this plant had sufficiently grown. The combination of these beautiful flowery plants along with the reflection across the water is what makes so many from this series popular. Most of the water lilies used by Claude Monet have elements of green and purple within them, which are colours that also crop in many other of his paintings. You can read about Monet Waterlilies here too.
The artist played an important role within French art but initiating probably the most important art movement to have come from this country, during a time when France was truly leading the way in European art. Up to the 17th century French paintings had been influenced heavily by the Italian painters who had dominated across the continent. From perhaps the 19th century onwards France has become the centre for new ideas within art and is also a popular desination for art tourists, with a great collection of paintings to be found across Paris, within the likes of The Louvre. Monet was around at a time when French art achieved it's new reputation for innovation and contemporary techniques.
The Japanese Bridge is the true centrepiece of Monet's garden and provides a stylish finish to most scenes, with Monet showing highly creative thinking in adding this to his garden when so few others knew about Japanese art during 19th century Europe. Japanese art has since grown in popularity thanks to the greater access to different media, but it shows how Monet was interested in pushing the boundaries to enhance his career.
It is fair to say that Claude Monet is now the most loved artist across the world, just ahead of the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. It appears that bright colour is crucial within appeal to the mainstream and Monet built his career around this. Claude Monet prints are now found in thousands of homes right across the world and his landscape paintings are always to the taste of so many who maybe are not familiar with many artists and just want something with a tranquil feel and brightness which will lift the mood within their own home.
London Houses of Parliament by Claude Monet
London Houses of Parliament .
Impressionism was an art movement which encouraged painters to add their own emotions into their art rather than just duplicate what they could see as had always been the way in more traditional art forms. As art moved on after impressionism, new movements arrived which were progressively more and more abstract, including the likes of post-impressionism and expressionism. Despite these new arrivals, French impressionism has never lost it's popularity and the charming scenes of Monet for example will probably always continue to please art followers across the world.
Impression Sunrise by Claude Monet
Impression Sunrise .
Claude Monet's career was only slowed down by his age and poor health in later years though he was still able to produce art from his carefully constructed garden in Giverny which allowed him a comfortable place to relax and continue his work without the need for travel. As his life developed, so did the natural surroundings in his garden as well, slowly transforming into a more complete and believable garden which had by then truly bedded in. The main features of his garden in Giverny were the Japanese Bridge, Water Lilies and other combinations of bright flowers that would make an excellent basis for so many of his paintings.
Whilst Monet is known predominantly as a landscape painter, there were also successful portraits too, most notably of his wife Camille, as seen in one full length portrait where she relaxes under a parasol with a small child alongside her. Their family life was captured in several other pieces as well and for this reason Camille has become very widely known within art circles. Paintings of family members have always been a useful way of understanding more about an artist and his home life, in a similar way to what can be gleaned from self-portraits.
You will see within Monet's garden that he will experiment with lighting and shade which he would be able to study intently from all the periods which he spent sat in the same positions, comparing the effects of different lighting conditions on different objects. Monet produced several series of paintings, such as Haystacks, which would serve as study pieces looking at how light and colour would change over time. You can read a little more on Monet Haystacks here.
Jardin de Monet
Please see below for a summarised list of the best Claude Monet paintings that are featured throughout this website.
Luncheon at Argenteuil by Claude Monet
Luncheon at Argenteuil
Sunset painting by Claude Monet
Antibes painting by Claude Monet
Cliffs and Sailboats at Pourville painting by Claude Monet
Cliffs and Sailboats at Pourville
Sous-Bois painting by Claude Monet
Red Boats at Argenteuil painting by Claude Monet
Red Boats at Argenteuil
Bridge at Argenteuil painting by Claude Monet
Bridge at Argenteuil
Irises painting by Claude Monet
Beach at Pourville painting by Claude Monet
Beach at Pourville
Terrace at Sainte-Adresse painting by Claude Monet
Terrace at Sainte-Adresse
Magpie painting by Claude Monet
Boat Studio on the Seine painting by Claude Monet
Boat Studio on the Seine
Bordighera painting by Claude Monet
Spring painting by Claude Monet
Waterlilies at Sunset painting by Claude Monet
Waterlilies at Sunset
Seine Giverny painting by Claude Monet
Marina at Argenteuil painting by Claude Monet
Marina at Argenteuil
Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville painting by Claude Monet
Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville
Seine River painting by Claude Monet
Rijnsburg Windmill painting by Claude Monet
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