Claude Monet made the art community address a revolutionary type of art called impressionism. In a style not previously before painted, impressionism captured a scene by using bright colors with lots of light and different shades to create the illusion of a glance. The traditional method of working in a studio was discarded and the impressionist artists carried any needed supplies with them into the countryside and painted the complete work outside. The manufacture of portable tin tubes of oil paints as well as the discovery of ways to produce a wider range of chemical pigments allowed artists to paint in a way unimaginable before this period in time (Stuckey 12). Monet and others, such as Pierre Auguste Renior, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley, took this style of art to a new level never seen before.
Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, France and moved to LeHavre with his family at age five (Skira 21). As a schoolboy, Monet doodled in the margins of his books. His artistic career began by drawing caricatures of his schoolmasters distorting their faces and profiles outrageously. By the time he was fifteen, people would pay ten or twenty francs for one of his drawings (Skira 22).
In 1857 Monet met the famous landscape painter Eugene Boudin, who was in the LeHavre area. Boudin noticed Monet's talent when he saw his caricatures. Boudin took Monet to the countryside and showed him what it was to paint something of art. Monet was quoted as saying, "it was as if a veil was torn from my eyes and I understood what painting should be (Stuckey 186)."
Monet used the money earned from selling his caricatures to pay for a trip to Paris in 1859. He then enrolled in the Academie Suisse until he was called into military service. After a year, Monet returned to Le Havre where he met Johan Barthoid Jungkind, a famous English painter. Jungkind took Monet under his wing. Monet accredited Jungkind with the actual development of his artistic eye (House 6).
In November of 1862, Monet enrolled at the Charles Gleyre Studio in Paris. Here he met Renoir, Sisley, and Frederic Bazille (Skira 29) and developed his technique of using skipping, flickering brushstrokes to capture a scene with unusual speed.
In 1865, Monet had two fairly large seascapes accepted for display at the Salon, the French equivalent of the Royal Academy (Skira 32). Both were noticed and favorably received by famous critics and patrons of the arts. The following year, Monet had a life sized portrait of his mistress Camille Doncieux accepted to the Salon. Monet continued to expand his expression of the sparkling effects of light with bright, contrasting tones with disregard for transitions, but this style fell out of favor with the Salon's selection group because he was rejected in 1867, 1869, and 1870 (House 6).
On June 26, 1870, Monet married Camille, but soon had to leave France and go to...