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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, and went on to study at the Académie Suisse under the academic history painter Charles Gleyre where he was a classmate of Auguste Renoir. The two later became close friends and worked together for years.
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.