Claude Monet

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Oscar-Claude Monet (1840–1926) was a French painter and founder of impressionist painting, painting nature as he saw it.

From an early age, Monet was interested in the outdoors and drawings, He went on to study at the Académie Suisse, and under the academic history painter Charles Gleyre.

Where he was a classmate of Auguste Renoir who he became close friends with and worked with later on in his life.

His early works include landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, but attracted little to no attention. A key early influence was Eugène Boudin who introduced him to the concept of plein air painting.

From 1883, Monet lived in Giverny, also in northern France, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project, including a water-lily pond.