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Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926 ‘Japanese Bridge at Giverny’

Claude Oscar Monet, born in Paris on November 1840. In 1845, his family moved to Le Havre. In 1858 he became acquainted with Eugène Boudin, who was one of the first teachers of Monet and encouraged him to paint themes depicting the countryside.

The next year he moved to Paris where he continued his studies at the Swiss Academy (Académie Suisse) and came into contact with the works of major artists by visiting the Louvre Museum.  He attended, for about two years, the work of Charles Gklair (Charles Gleyre) in his atelier, where, he became friend with Renoir, Bazille and Alfred Sisley. Apart from the friendship, they shared common ideas for painting, a  significant share that converted later in the movement of impressionism.

In 1870 married Camille Ntonsie. During the Franco-Prussian War, he found refuge in London, in order to avoid conscription. The next year he returned to France and in 1874 he participated in the first exhibition of the Group of Impressionists in Paris, with the art  ‘ Impression Soleil Levant’ (i.e Impression Rising Sun). The title of Monet’s work inspired Louis Leroy (Louis Leroy) who has used the term Impressionism for the first time.

In 1879 his wife died, leaving him with their two children. In April 1883 he moved with his children to Ziberny.  He lived there with Alis Osente, his mistress, which eventually married in 1891.  Between the years 1883-1908, traveled to Mediterranean, and he was inspired to create a  wonderful series of landscapes.

In 1908 he began experiencing problems with his eyesight since he suffered from an eye disorder (cataract). He died in 1926, at the age of 86 years in Ziberny, as a wealthy and renowned painter.

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