Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monet, Claude

The Artist's House at Argenteuil
oil on canvas
60.2 × 73.3 cm (23.7 × 28.9 in)
Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
Monet found subjects in his immediate surroundings, as he painted the people and places he knew best. He rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends and the nature itself. He observed variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes.
His first wife, Camille, and his second wife, Alice, frequently served as models.
In his final years he was troubled by failing eyesight, but he painted until the end.