Claude Oscar Monet(1840-1926)
"Gardening was something I learned from my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."- Claude Monet
Monet is one of my favorite artists; so much so that I named our pooch after him. When we brought our puppy home almost 5 years ago, I had just given a talk on Monet's life at my daughters school. The name stuck, plus it had a lovely ring to it. I didn't think Claude would mind if our Monet was a girl.
Claude Monet, was born and raised in France during the nineteenth century. His father was a Parisian grocer who was not opposed to his son being an artist; he just preferred that he be part of the family grocery business. However, Monet preferred to be artist, and an artist he became.
As an Impressionist, Monet has a large body of work that one can choose to appreciate. I have featured some paintings from his life work. To learn more about Monet go to his biography.
Coquelicots ( Poppies)
1873-Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Monet's Garden at Vetheuil
1881-National Gallery of Art, Washington
1899-Art Museum Princeton University, New Jersey
The Esterel Mountains or Antibes
1888-Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Garden at Sainte Adresse
1867-Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1872-The Waters Art Museum, Baltimore
Which of Monet's above works do you favor?