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Claude Oscar Monet was born November 14 1840 in Paris France The initiator advocate and leader of the Impressionist style Claude Monets many works of art serve as the definition of the Impressionists artwork His father Adolphe Monet a grocer in Paris brought the family to Le Havre when Claude was five Struck by the constantly changing sea and sky on the coast Claude would go on to put these onto a canvas Before this however he started to paint caricatures for locals Probably to the disappointment of his parents Claude decided not to go to lEglise de Beaux-Arts in Paris Instead he studied art under local artists and developed much promise One of these was Eugene Louis Boudin who painted coastal landscapes Despite this he would move to Paris in 1859 to attend lAcademie Suisse where he met Camille Pissaro He was sent to Algeria for military service from 1860-62 After his return he enrolled in the studio of Charles Hleyre where he would meet Pierre Auguste Renoir Frederic Bazille and Alfred Sisely It was at the studio that Claude would participate in a rare practice Many European artists of the day painted landscapes but they were most often painted in the studio with a basic feeling of what the scene looked like Monet painted outdoors By 1865 he was painting marine and forest subjects townscapes and figures in landscape settings all outdoors In the summer of 1869 he worked with Renoir to lead the creation of outdoor impressionism In what is now known as a signature of impressionism he favored rivers with light dappled water and scenes in which brushstrokes dissolve the forms of objects by breaking brushstrokes and patches of color into their contours Then in 1876 he enacted his plan to paint a single object from several viewpoints He picked as his subject Gare Saint-Lazare a train station in Paris Despite his talent Monet had to endure extreme poverty This was
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