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Claude Monet’s Early Paintings

  • August 12, 2013
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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 …..

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Monet’s Luncheon Paintings

  • June 18, 2013
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Following Monet’s monumental Luncheon on the Grass painted in 1865-1866, he created two other luncheon paintings, both titled The Luncheon. Monet’s The Luncheon completed in 1868 portrays a family scene set in Étretat in the house of a patron where Monet took refuge from his Parisian creditors and critics.  It was around this time that Monet’s life was taking a turn and he was becoming a family man.  In the painting we see the table set for an abundant luncheon at noon with Monet’s future wife, Camille, and their son Jean seated at the table.  There is a guest standing near the table and a maid peeking through the door …..

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