Artworks and Artists
Claude Monet
Born in Paris, France, 14 November 1840
Died in Giverny, France, 06 December 1926
Portrait: Claude Monet by Benque, © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Claude Monet

The eldest son of a grocer, Claude Monet was encouraged in painting from his earliest youth. After studies in Paris he did his military service in Algeria, where he developed a fascination with light. He moved to Paris in 1862 and lived in Argenteuil between 1872 and 1876, where he often worked on a lime boat fitted out as a studio. Perhaps it was here, more than anywhere else, that he developed his art. He was primarily interested in the play of light, and he worked in rapid strokes with a palette of pure colours. Monet would explore the effects of light on the same scene captured at different times of day. This was the technique that resulted in his famous series of haystacks, Rouen Cathedral, and Waterloo Bridge.