© RMN (Musée de l'Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski

© RMN (Musée de l'Orangerie) / Hervé Lewandowski

© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski 

Outdoor painting by Monet

Claude Monet was born on november 14th,1840 in Paris

Claude Monet painted without letting up for over sisty years, building up a body of work which incarnated Impressionism in its purest form and by the early twentieth century had laid the foundations of modern art. Although Monet is undeniably a landscapist, he often painted figures and still lifes. With Le déjeuner sur l'herbe ou  Femmes au jardin, he tackled the challenge of painting outdoors.

In the Normandy of his childhood where Boudin and then Jongkind had introduced him to plein air techniques, he painted seascapes and "snow effects". Then in Paris and its suburbs, with special emphasis on Argenteuil, in the 1870s, his luminous colourful landscapes of the banks of the Seine reflect the flowering of Impressionism.

In 1890, when he was already fifty, Monet established a garden on his property at Giverny, and took inspiration from the surrounding countryside, no longer so readily going to paint in other parts of France and abroad. He worked in a systematic way on paintings of the same motif, designed as series recording changes in light as the hours and seasons wore on.

The  Grandes Décorations de Nymphéas  cycle crowned Monet as a decorator. It was the culmination of research he had begun earlier in his career.

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