Born in Paris and raised in Le Havre, France, Claude Monet is one of the most iconic figures of Impressionism. He moved to Paris in 1859 and met future Impressionists Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and they soon began painting together outdoors, or en plein air. Monet was one of the organizers of the Société Anonyme des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs, etc., which after their inaugural exhibition in 1874, soon became known as the Impressionists. The origins of the name is due to one of Monet’s negatively reviewed paintings entitled Impression: Sunrise. Monet’s paintings render atmospheric light and nature using broken, rhythmic brushstrokes that embody a multitude of colors. Towards the end of his life, Monet began to lose his eyesight, and the resulting paintings are even more abstracted and loose in composition. He passed away in Giverny on December 5, 1926.
Claude Monet is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Stephan Breuer