Did you know that Claude Monet was among the first of the Impressionists? On 10th of March, I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery with my Communications 12 class. After seeing diverse artwork, I was fascinated by an outstanding work on the first floor. While appreciating the work, I found out that it was Monet who painted it. Monet had a difficult background, but he managed to make fantastic achievements; also he left a legacy for the world to remember him by.
Monet didn’t have a perfect background. He was born on 14th of November, 1840 in Paris, France; however, he was raised on the Normandy coast, Le Havre. At sixteen, he started to become well-known for his caricatures. Later on, he got acquainted with Eugène Baudin, who gave him an idea about painting. Monet decided to enroll into an art school in Paris in 1859; nonetheless, he stopped studying because he had to attend the mandatory military service in 1861. A year later, his parents helped him to withdraw from military services. From 1869-1877, his paintings were not acknowledged by curators. In the article “Claude Monet”, Dorothea K. Beard writes that Monet and his colleagues were censured for being incautious and structureless in the beginning of the1880’s. She also revealed that Monet did not gain the same reaction as Renoir, his colleague, after hearing the public judgements. However, he was afflicted by the comment, so he tried to improve his work (Beard 3). Not only did Monet have a challenging background, but he was able to accomplish his dreams.
Monet accomplished outstanding achievements in his life. From 1890, his paintings started to be valued. Monet used release his artwork in series, and each of them was successful ; nevertheless, the most remarkable series he made was the water lily series. Not only did Monet have wonderful achievements, but he also left a legacy.
Monet left a big impact in his hometown and the world of art as well. Girveny, France is where Monet used to live , and it is where he painted most of his work like the lily ponds.In the article “Claude Monet,” Beard states, “Monet’s central position in the late nineteenth century seems secure, and Girveny, refurbished and restored, has once again become a mecca for pilgrims”(4).The author also said, ” Monet’s vision remained remarkably consistent throughout the developments in his style”(4). Monet clearly left a legacy; moreover, I wouldn’t have seen his work in 2019 if he hadn’t.
In brief, despite the complications in his early life background, Monet was able to reach his exceptional goals, and he will always have his place among the legends of art. Monet’s experience on Earth taught me that my present can not define my future.
Beard, Dorothea K. “Claude Monet.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2017. EBSCOhost.