In 1871, Claude Monet, along with his family, spent four months in Zaandam, a town near Amsterdam. Zaandam was a city in the province of North Holland, located on the Zaan, near the North Sea Canal. Zaandam was a city of canals and shipyards and had once served as a large milling center, home to thousands of windmills which powered saws, some of these mills still stood during Monet’s time. Monet was trying to steer clear of the Franco-Prussian War so he had left Paris and moved to London. It was during this excursion that Monet was in Zaandam. During their stay in Zaandam, Monet created some 25 paintings of …..
The father of Impressionism was also the father of two sons. Jean Armand Claude Monet was born in August of 1867 to Monet and his companion, Camille Doncieux. The birth of the boy brought with it both joy and conflict. Monet and Camille were not married at the time of the child’s birth, though they did finally marry in 1870, when Jean was nearly 3. When Monet’s father learned of the pregnancy he was furious, he did not approve of Camille and threatened to cut off Monet’s allowance if he did not abandon her and the baby. Monet was separated from Camille for the majority of the pregnancy, perhaps due …..
Claude Monet is known as the father of Impressionism but he wasn’t always an Impressionist painter. He began his art career creating charcoal caricatures until meeting artist Eugène Boudin who taught him how to use oil paints. Boudin also taught Monet the technique of “en plein air” painting. The two artists also informally studied under Dutch landscapist Johan Jongkind. Monet’s first painting, View from Rouelles, was created in 1858. At the age of 22, Monet joined the Paris studio of Swiss artist, Charles Gleyre, where he met fellow students Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frédéric Bazille. The young artist experimented with the effects of light using broken color and rapid …..