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Monet Essay

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Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in rue Laffite, Paris. His family moved to Le Harve in 1845, where Monet's father entered a business venture with his brother in law. Monet began school in 1951 where he began to learn drawing from Francois-Charles Orchard. Early on, he had a dislike for formal education, and began to draw caricatures for the townspeople of Le Harve. As a teenager, he made a nice living selling the caricatures and some of his work was displayed in the window of a local art supply shop.It was in this display case where Monet broke out of drawing simple caricatures and became the impressionist he is known as today. Eugene Boudin displayed his paintings in the very same store and upon seeing Monet's work became very impressed with the young artist. Boudin convinced Monet to work out of doors with him and to try oils and pastels. At first, Monet hated the works of Boudin. They were small, timid, and very different from most contemporary works. Once Boudin convinced Monet to try open-air painting session Monet declared, "Suddenly a veil was torn away, my destiny as a painter opened up to Me.", and so Boudin became his mentor.In August and September 1859, he made his debut at an art exhibition in Le Harve with a landscape in oils. This experience greatly impressed Monet and in the spring of the following year, he moves to Paris to study painting. He found himself at the Salon, which is a Frances official annual painting exhibit, where he admired painting from great artist such as Troyon and Boudin. Against his father's wishes, he begins to study at the Academe Suisse.In the year 1861, Monet was selected by lottery for military service in Algiers. Monet contracted typhoid and was given six months convalescence recovery. The next year, his Aunt Sophie paid for his release from his remaining five years of military service.Although his Aunt Sophie bought him out of the Army, she did it conditionally. He must continue his studies in Paris with a recognized teacher. He joined the studio of Charles Gleyre, where Monet was completely outraged by the criticism that Gleyre placed on Monet's work. Gleyre thought that Monet's work was not close enough to the classical ideas of beauty. Gleyre's studio is where he was able to meet other artist such as Bazille, Sisley, and Renior. After some time Monet managed to convince Bazille to accompany him to paint along the coast of Honfleur.In October 1864, Monet submitted a still life to an art exhibition in Rouen. A shipowner named M. Gaudibert becomes Monet's first patron as a plein air, open air, artist.Monet's early paintings were rejected by Salon jury; however, the painting Woman in the Garden was displayed in the window of an art store. Later the next year one of two of the paintings of the Le Harve is accepted by the Salon jury, and five paintings were included in International Maritime Exhibit in Le Harve. He wins a silver medal, but his paintings are quickly confiscated by creditors....

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