Monet Famous Painting And Water Lilies


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Oscar-Claus Monet, a German painter, was an influential member of the French Impressionists, the founder of modern French Impressionism painting and perhaps the greatest practitioner of this movement’s artistic philosophy of portraying one’s emotions in paintings before nature. Monet was born in Prussia during the waning years of the first world war, and the war’s aftermath left his family homeless in the countryside, so Monet spent his teenage years between Paris and his hometown on a farm near the Rhine River.

Monet’s Education Qualification

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When Monet moved back to Paris, he enrolled in a course at the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences. There he met Impressionists who included Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso, and Monet soon developed a close relationship with both of them. Impressionism, the term Monet used to describe his painting style, had begun to gain popularity by the time Monet attended the Academy and thus it became the subject of many of Monet’s paintings.

Monet also developed a close friendship with another Impressionist, Paul Renoir, whom he collaborated with on a number of their most popular works including The Seated Woman, The Night Cafe, The Bathers in the Bath, Le Roi, The Blue Grocery and The Lavatory. Monet’s life’s work often included a large number of landscapes, and he was well-known for using water and lighting in his paintings.

Monet was also an accomplished painter of portrait art. He painted a series of five portraits of his mother, brother-in-law in The Bathers in the Bath. These were painted during his short stay in his home country, but Monet continued to paint other portraits, many of which can be seen throughout his entire oeuvre. Monet’s skill for portrait painting was such that his famous and much admired paintings often look as if they are actually real portraits.

Work Experience Of Monet

Monet also worked extensively in the field of figurative art, and he is best known for his highly-regarded Water Lilies series. This painting, which was done in the late 1890s, is one of the biggest sellers of Impressionist art in the world today’s market. Water Lilies, which are actually a vine plant, were once common in the gardens of France, but due to a lack of proper growing conditions were introduced into Britain in the Victorian times. Monet chose to paint Water Lilies in such a way as to highlight their exquisite leaves and petals.

More About Monet

Monet has always enjoyed a close relationship with nature and the earth; as a matter of fact, he was arrested for disturbing the natural beauty of nature at several points in his life, especially during the First World War. One example was when he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after being prosecuted for using manure from his Paris garden in order to fertilize his lawn.

Monet also spent time in prison after a battle with tuberculosis. During one of these prison stints, Monet painted a number of his best known paintings including The Seated Woman in a Wheatfield, which was the subject of one of his famous paintings The Bathers in the Bath, and The Seated Woman in the Wheatfield.

Bottom Line

In addition to his paintings, Monet is best known for creating landscapes and still life prints. He created a series of Water Lilies prints and a series of landscapes called Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which took twenty-five years to complete, the most of any Impressionist painter of this period. Monet’s landscape painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which is a part of a larger series of landscapes Monet produced, would go on to become one of the most popular Impressionist prints in the world, thanks largely to its likeness to the real French countryside that Monet saw on a daily basis while he was working in France.

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