The Life of Claude Monet
By Claire Miles - June 30, 2022

Best known for the development of expressive art, Claude Monet was born in 1840 in France. He drew scenes from natural landscapes to portraits of his friends. Throughout his life, he was a painter and his best artistic skill included capturing reality onto a canvas, by perfectly incorporating the ever-changing colors of the sky using paints and oils. He best recorded the Paris railway station, and the natural landscapes and gardens of France. Mr. Monet transformed the world of art by influencing his fellow painters and predecessor artists on how to capture natural beauty and lights.

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When the artist was as young as 11 years old, he attended an art-focused secondary school in his hometown of Le Havre. His first-ever instructor of art was Jacques-Francois Orchard. Later, he studied the art of landscape from Eugene Boudin, a well-known local artist. One of Claude Monet’s first paintings was completed in 1858, which was a realistic landscape painting of a sylvan scene. The painting was titled “View at Rouelles, Le Havre.” During his late teens and early 20s, the young artist traveled to Paris and spent his days learning art at the Louvre. This is where he met many of his fellow artists and colleagues, including Edouard Manet.

Claude Monet was assigned by the French government, in 1861, to dispatch for Algeria. Here, he was responsible for producing sketches of the local landscapes and drawing military portraits. Once he completed the year-long service in Algeria, he returned to Paris where he joined the private art studio of Charles Gleyere, a well-known artist of his time. Here he got the chance to pursue all of his artistic interests, spending his days filling canvases. Mr. Monet also got the opportunity to partake in his skills with numerous students at the studio.