Claude Monet Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1840 – 1926 *** Full Name: Claude Monet was also known as Oscar Claude Monet*** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on November 14, 1840 *** Place of Birth: Claude Monet was born in Paris, France *** Family background: His father was Claude Adolphe Monet *** Early life and childhood: Claude Monet grew up and spent the majority of his life in Normandy *** Education: Claude Monet began his artistic education under the instruction of Jacques-François Ochard *** Claude Monet died on December 5, 1926 ***
Claude Monet Fact 1:
Oscar Claude Monet was born on November 14,
1840 in Paris, France.
Claude Monet Fact 3: His parents were called Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée Monet. His father was a grocer and his mother was a singer. Oscar Claude was the second child in the family, having an elder brother called Leon Pascal Monet.
Claude Monet Fact 4: His
father wanted him to become part of
his grocery business, however,
Claude Monet's passion for art had
become apparent from a young age. He
enjoyed drawing people and sketching
caricatures. He wanted to become an
Claude Monet Fact 10: From June 1861, he served with the First Regiment of African Light Cavalry for two years. He was based in Algeria and he was supposed to serve for seven years, however, a severe case of typhoid fever resulted in him leaving he army early. His aunt was able to get him out of serving anymore time on the condition that he join an art school.
Claude Monet Fact 11: He was
taught in Paris by Charles Gleyre
from 1862. It was during this time
that he met fellow artists, and
friends, Frédéric Bazille, Pierre-Auguste
Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They
worked on Impressionist paintings
together, capturing colour and
natural light effects.
Claude Monet Fact 16: During
his lifetime, he suffered from bouts
of depression. He would sometimes
become so angry with his work that
he would destroy his own paintings.
It is thought that Claude Monet may
have destroyed up to 500 of his own
painting through sheer frustration.
Claude Monet Fact 18: The April 1874 exhibition later became recognized as the 'Exhibition of the Impressionists'. Claude Monet showcased a number of paintings which would later become very famous, including The Luncheon, and The Orchard. Some of his paintings sold at the show, some didn't, including the famous Impression: Sunrise painting.
Claude Monet Fact 19: His wife Camille gave birth to their second child on March 17, 1878. His name was Michel. Camille had suffered from tuberculosis since 1876 and the birth of their son weakened her health furthermore. She died on September 5, 1879. Claude Monet later said, 'I one day found myself looking at my beloved wife's dead face and just systematically noting the colours according to an automatic reflex!' He remarried later in life to a lady called Alic
Claude Monet Fact 20: During
his later years, he painted a series
of 12 large waterlily paintings
which were commissioned by a museum
in Paris called the Orangerie des
Tuileries. A large scale design was
planned in order to fill the walls
at the museum. He died from lung
cancer on December 5, 1926 at his
home in Giverny. He was 86 years old
when he died. He is buried in the
Giverny church cemetery
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