Claude Monet was a central member of the Impressionist movement. His paintings were ridiculed by critics at first, but today he is one of the world's most popular artists. Monet went to art school in Paris and met many future Impressionists including Renoir and Bazille. He soon became disillusioned with the art establishment and lived in extreme poverty. Monet lived in London between 1870-71 to escape the Franco-Prussian war. He took inspiration from Constable and Turner and would continue to return to London to paint a series of paintings of Charing Cross and Westminster Bridges. In 1874, he held the first Impressionist exhibition. It caused a sensation. Most critics hated it with particular scorn reserved for Monet's Impression, Sunrise. But the group soon found success as attitudes began to change. Monet's wife Camille died at 32 and Monet's last painting of her was Camille On Her Deathbed. In later years the Impressionists drifted apart, but Monet stayed true to their principles. He lived in Giverny in the French countryside. He continued his interest in how different light conditions could affect how something looked. He obsessively painted the same subject at different times of day and year including Rouen Cathedral and water lilies in his garden including The Water-Lily Pond.
Garden in Bordighera Impression of Morning
Artists Garden at Giverny
Apple Trees in Bloom at Giverny