Claude Monet Biography
(French Painter and Founder of 'Impressionism')
Birthday: November 14, 1840 (Scorpio)
Born In: Paris, France
Claude Monet was a renowned French painter who used to capture his daily life’s best moments on canvas. He is one of the most celebrated figures in the field of art, and an inspiration to many budding artists. Unlike many other contemporaries of his times, Claude observed his immediate environment, and painted it on canvas. His work is also known for the effective use of light. One of Claude’s greatest contributions was his painting style, which was later termed ‘Impressionism’. Artists who had a similar style of painting were since then called ‘Impressionists’. The term was coined because of one of his famous works, the ‘Impression, Sunrise’. Unlike other paintings of its era, this painting seemed like an unfinished sketch, making it seem really different. Though Monet was considered a great painter by many others, he often doubted his abilities and got depressed. His decision to become an artist made him face several challenges in life. Once he even tried jumping into a river from a bridge owing to acute financial crisis. Several of Claude’s paintings are displayed at famous museums around the world even till date, and continue to inspire many.