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Oscar Claude Monet

Birthplace: Paris, France
Death: December 05, 1926 (86)
Giverny, Eure, France (lung cancer)
Place of Burial: Giverny, Eure, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée
Husband of Camille Leonie Doncieux and Alice Raingo
Father of Jean Monet and Michel Jacques Monet
Brother of Léon Pascal Monet
Half brother of Marie Monet

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About Claude Monet

Oscar Claude Monet, better known as Claude Monet, was a founder and central figure of the 19th century art movement known as Impressionism, expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).

Early in his career, Monet painted realistic landscapes, but after the 1870s he focused more on the effect of changing light on everyday objects. Often he painted multiple studies of the same subjects, from train stations and haystacks to the London skyline, the Rouen Cathedral and, most famously, water lilies.

During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) Monet fled from Paris to England, where he formed friendships with Camille Pisarro, Auguste Renoir and other figures central to Impressionism. He returned to Paris at the end of the war, but ended up settling in Giverny, where he began a long series of paintings of haystacks (or grainstacks) during the 1890s.

Monet's Impressionistic paintings sold well and his financial success allowed him to purchase property in Giverny, where he built a large garden that became the subject of his series Water Lilies (1906-26). Monet's scenes have since become some of the most recognized paintings in the world. One of his lily paintings sold in 1998 for around $39 million, and in 2007 "Waterloo Bridge, Temps Couvert" sold at auction for more than $35 million.

The Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, France features a collection of over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, including the largest collection of Claude Monet's works in the world.

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Claude Monet's Timeline

November 14, 1840
Paris, France
August 8, 1867
March 17, 1878
Paris, France
December 5, 1926
Age 86
Giverny, Eure, France
Giverny Church Cemetery, Giverny, Eure, France