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Claude Monet was born in Paris France on the 14th of November 1840 When Monet was 5 he moved to the town of Le Havre for the majority of his youth Monet was considered to be undisciplined and unlikely to make an achievement of his life by his parents and teachers His father owned a wholesale grocery that Monet showed no interest in inheriting He was only interested in painting By the age of fifteen he was receiving commission from his works He later grew to become one of the greatest influential impressionist painters of all times Monet was the leader of the impressionist movement He influenced art by trying to paint his personal spontaneous response to outdoor scenes or events Earlier artists had also painted outdoor studies rapidly almost in shorthand They used such studies as notes for more elaborate pictures painted in the studio Monet was the most important of the artists who first allowed their initial impressions of outdoor scenes to stand as complete works Monet painted directly from the object in order to record visual sensation more accurately He was especially concerned with the effect of outdoor light and atmosphere Impressionists recorded their own sensations of color and the outlines and solidities of the world as interpreted by common sense melt away The impressionist emphasis on the prime reality of sensation in the process of apprehending nature or the world had its parallel in the work of contemporaneous scientists philosophers of science and psychologists who asserted that reality is sensation and that knowledge could be based only on the analysis of our sensations The Impressionists sought to create the illusion of forms bathed in light and atmosphere This goal required an intensive study of outdoor light as the source of our experience of color Shadows do not appear gray or black as many earlier painters thought but seem to be composed of colors modified by reflections or other conditions In painting
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