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Who is Claude Monet Claude Monet is the Famous French Impressionist painter In addition to being a great painter Monet was also a great leader an initiator and a firm advocate of the Impressionist style The Impressionist style in which he painted would become the reason behind his well known fame Born Nov 14 1840 Monet spent his childhood years in Le Havre France He took his early painting lessons in Le Havre from the painter Eugene Boudin It was there that he began to excel as a caricaturist but was soon converted to landscape painting by his mentor Eugene Boudin Eugene Boudin who specialized in scenes of people strolling on beaches worked up sketches out-of-doors and encouraged Monet to do the same In 1859 Monet spent some time in Paris and studied for a short time at Atelier Suisse with Gleyre which is also where he met and became friends with Pissarro and Manet From 1860-62 Monet was enrolled in the military service in Algeria soon thereafter he returned to Paris Once back in Paris he studied under Gleyre full time and which is where he met Renoir Sisley and Bazille who were also students of Gleyre In 1862 Monet had begun to paint out-of-doors His devotion to painting out-of-doors was illustrated by one of his earlier works Women in the Garden Musee dOrsay Paris 1866-67 The painting is about 25 meters high he had a trench dug so that the canvas could be raised or lowered to the height he desired Monet had experienced financial hardship from 1867-70 The birth of his illegitimate son Jean in 1867 occurred under such a financial hardship that during a time of poverty and hunger in 1968 Monet attempted suicide It was at this time that Bazill bought Monets Women in the Garden and Renoir stole bread for the family they were Monets sole consolation During the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 he took
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