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Date : 8th October 2012

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Claude Monet

His youth was spent in Le Havre, where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting by his early mentor BoudinOne of the first French
landscape painters to
paint in the open air.
, from whom he derived his firm predilection for painting out of doors.

Women in the Garden

In 1859 he studied in Paris at the Atelier Suisse and formed a friendship with PissarroFrench Impressionist painter, who endured
prolonged financial hardship in keeping faith
with the aims of Impressionism.
. After two years' military service in Algiers, he returned to Le Havre and met JongkindPainter and printmaker whose small,
informal landscapes continued the
tradition of the Dutch landscapists.
, to whom he said he owed `the definitive education of my eye'.

He then, in 1862, entered the studio of Gleyre in Paris and there met Renoir, Sisley, and Bazille, with whom he was to form the nucleus of the Impressionist group.

Monet's devotion to painting out of doors is illustrated by the famous story concerning one of his most ambitious early works, Women in the Garden (Musée d'Orsay, Paris; 1866-67). The picture is about 2.5 meters high and to enable him to paint all of it outside he had a trench dug in the garden so that the canvas could be raised or lowered by pulleys to the height he required.

CourbetThe painter Courbet started and dominated
the French movement toward realism.
visited him when he was working on it and said Monet would not paint even the leaves in the background unless the lighting conditions were exactly right.

This text is an excerpt from The WebMuseum, ParisThe WebMuseum has been designed
for academic, educational use.


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