Monday, January 7, 2013

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
                              ~Claude Monet

        Flowers, such a natural beauty inspired one of the greatest artists of all time. Claude Monet was born in Paris November 14, 1840. He was raised in Normandy, France and wanted to become an artist while his father wanted him to work at the family's grocery store, which required great bravery. Pursuing his dream, Monet became known for his charcoal caricatures quickly and shortly after started painting. His landscapes chart journeys around the North of France and to London, where he escaped the Franco-Prussian War. Claude Monet worked directly on large scale canvases outdoors, then reworked and completed them in his studio. In his series paintings, he would work on mulitple pieces at a time so he could record how as the light changed, the appearence changed as well, demonstrating how at different times of day the sun could produce numerous beautiful scenery. Claude Monet died at the age of 86 in Giverny. He was a key figure during the impressionist movements and he transformed French painting forever.   
        The beautiful paintings of nature quickly captured my attention. I enjoy how he captured the same scene at different times of the day to make it look completely different. Also, I find it interesting that he was able to do something so simple such as record the different lights and made it into beautiful unique masterpieces.  He incorpated his family into what he enjoyed most of all, which is always a deliate to see.
Overall, I think he was a wonderful man and a fantastic artist.

Claude Monet - Monet, right, in his garden at Giverny, 1922
Inspiration for some of his series paintings

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