Born in Paris in 1840, Monet was a French impressionist painter who mainly painted landscape subjects. He entered the studio of Gleyre in Paris after being discharged from the French Army. He took a major part in the foundation of impressionism, and exhibited with the impressionists 1874-9 and again in 1882. In 1890 his success grew when he began to paint a series of canvases of the same motif: Haystacks, Poplars, Rouen Cathedral, Water-Lilies etc.
More by this artist
He was the leader of impressionist movement in France; in fact, the movement’s name, IMPRESSIONISM, is derived from his Impression, Sunrise (1873). Throughout his long career, and especially in his series from the 1890s onwards, he explored the constantly changing quality of light and colour in different atmospheric conditions and at various times of day.