claude monet (1840-1926)
Francais-Charles Ochard taught him the basics of drawing. He was a patient teacher, and he gained much respect from his students. In fact, it was this teacher who inspired Monet to draw for hours. Some of his sketches included boats, people, landscapes and even caricatures of his teachers. With his exceptional talent in drawing, he became quite popular in school and charged for his portraits that people bought from him. In addition, his caricatures were exhibited at Gravier's shop.
Eventually, Monet met with Monsieur Eugene Boudin, who was a friend of Gravier. Boudin became his mentor, and he was 16 years old when he first took lessons from him. Monet learned and mastered how to use oils and pastels in his paintings. He used these tools to create the right colors that would best depict the beauty of the outside world.
It was Boudin who gave Monet an opportuity to perform en plain air or open air painting. He began painting landscapes, with "View from Rouelles" as his very first landscape painting that was exhibited in 1858. The painting was also called as the Vue des bords de la Lezarde as it featured the stream and valley of the Lezarde or the Rouelles.
In 1859, Monet travelled to Paris and visited the Palais de l'Industrie, where he met a few artists including Lhuillier, Monginot, Tryon and Gautier. He also decided to settle in Paris where he enrolled in the Academie Suisse. It was here where the artist became acquainted with Gustave Courbet and Camille Pissarro. Monet became preoccupied with drawing figures, which were apparent in some of his artworks.
In 1862, Monet joined Charles Gleyre's studio, a Swiss painter. He remained there for two years, and he met fellow artists such as Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Together, they painted various artworks that presented the effects of en plain air, although they all had several novel approaches to art. However, what was distinct about their works was the use of rapid brushstrokes and broken color. These qualities are the main features of the art style known as impressionism. To read the full article, please visit www.claude-monet.com
Claude monte quotes
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”
“Every day I discover
more and more
It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.”
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”
“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
“the more I live, the more I regret how little i know”
“It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”
“I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint...”
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. ”
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.”
“If the world really looks like that I will paint no more!”
“I can only draw what I see.”
“I get madder and madder on giving back what I feel.”
“I don’t think I’m made for any earthly kind of pleasure.”
“I want to paint the way a bird sings.”
“…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all - my head is bursting…”
“The further I get, the more I regret how little I know…”
“Impression — I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it … and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.”
“No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself…”
“I must have flowers, always and always.”
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers”
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