A snapshot biography of Claude Monet

Claude Monet, 1899
Claude Monet, 1899

“It is beautiful here [in Etretat, Normandy], my friend; every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all – my head is bursting.. ..I want to fight, scratch it off, start again, because I start to see and understand. It seems to me as if I can see nature and I can catch it all.. ..it is by observation and reflection that I discover how. That is what we are working on, continuously.” – Claude Monet

Claude Monet loved art from a young age. While classmates were doing classwork, he was filling his workbooks with drawings. His father, however, wanted Claude to go into the family business and help with running their grocery store. But while his father pushed back against his creative love, Claude’s mother gave him the support he needed to pursue his dream.

Claude would dedicate his working life to art, becoming a founder of impressionist painting.

“A snapshot biography of Claude Monet” sources: Portrait taken by Nadar in 1899 / Wikimedia Commons / Quote: from a letter he wrote his friend Frédéric Bazille in 1864; as cited in Monet’s landschappen Vivian Rusell; Icob, Alphen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands 2010, p. 12 – Wikiquote