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1886 self-portrait

Biography of
Claude MONET

En Francais : La Biographie de Claude Monet cleude monet

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1917 Self-portrait

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1860 - photo Carjat

Birth of Claude Oscar MONET on November 14th in Paris.
The family moves to Le Havre.
Death of his mother Louise Monet.
Claude Monet meets Eugène Boudin who encourages him to paint out of doors.
Monet comes to Paris and enters the Swiss Academy.
Monet meets Pissaro and Courbet.

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Still life with pheasant
Claude Monet 1861

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1867 portrait by Carolus Duran

Monet discovers Manet's painting and paints "en plein air" in the Fontainebleau forest.
Monet stays in Honfleur with Boudin, Bazille, Jondkind. He meets his first art lover : Gaudibert.
Monet's paintings are submitted for the first time to the official Salon. Camille Doncieux his lady friend and Bazille pose for Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (the Picnic).
Birth of his first son Jean Monet while Claude Monet is in Sainte-Adresse.

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Luncheon on the Grass
Claude Monet 1865

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1874 by Manet

Monet tries to commit suicide. He receives a pension from Mr Gaudibert. He paints in Fecamp and Etretat.
Monet settles in the village of Saint-Michel near Bougival where he paints in company of Renoir.
Monet marries Camille, Courbet is his witness. They take refuge in London when the war begins.
Monet meets Durand-Ruel in London with Pissaro and Daubigny. Death of his father. Monet settles at Argenteuil after visiting the Netherlands.

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The Magpie
Claude Monet 1869

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Monet meets Caillebotte.
Monet exhibits "Impression Sunrise" at the first Impressionist exhibition in the studio of Nadar.
Monet meets Ernest and Alice Hoschedé.
Bankruptcy of Ernest Hoschedé. Monet paints the Saint-Lazare train station.

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Impression Sunrise
Claude Monet 1873

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1886 self-portrait
with a beret

Birth of Michel Monet, his second son. Monet and his family settle at Vétheuil in compagny of the family Hoschedé.
Death of Camille.
The family moves to Poissy.

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Claude Monet 1881

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1899 Photo Nadar

Monet rents a house at Giverny. He will stay there for 43 years.
Monet exhibits in New-York thanks to Durand-Ruel.
Monet exhibits with Rodin.
Monet purchases the house in Giverny and begins the digging for the Water-Lily pond.

facing left
Study of a Figure outdoors facing right
Claude Monet 1886

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1917 Self-portrait

Death of Ernest Hoschedé. Monet paints the series of Meules (Haystacks) and of Peupliers (Poplars)
Monet paints the Rouen Cathedrals series. He marries Alice in July.
Visit of Mary Cassatt and of Cézanne at Giverny. Rodin, Clémenceau and Geffroy are present.
Monet paints several views of the Japanese bridge. He takes several trips to London and paints views of the Thames.

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Water-Lily Pond
Claude Monet 1897-99

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ca. 1920 by
Henri Manuel

Monet travels to Madrid and admires the paintings of Velasquez.
First problems with his eyesight. Monet discovers Venice.
Death of Alice.
Death of Jean, Monet's eldest son. Blanche moves to live near Claude Monet.

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San Giorgio Maggiore
at Twilight
Claude Monet 1908

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ca. 1923

The artist decides to build a large studio of 23 m x 12m at Giverny.
1916 - 1926
Claude Monet works on twelve large canvas, The Water Lilies. Following the signing of the Armistice, Monet offers to donate them to France. Theses paintings will be installed in an architectural space designed specifically for them at the museum of the Orangerie in Paris.
Monet is nearly blind. He has an operation from the cataract in one eye. His sight improves.

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Claude Monet 1916-19

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In his studio at Giverny

In February Monet is still painting. But he suffers from lung cancer. He dies on December 5th. He is buried in a simple ceremony at Giverny. His friend Georges Clémenceau attends the ceremony.

Claude Monet by himself

In 1900, Monet has become famous. On the occasion of an exhibition in Paris a journalist of the Temps, Thiébault-Sisson, made him tell his life. On November 26, 1900 the newspaper Le Temps published this autobiography in which Monet builds himself his  legend. The text is spicy but doesn't always reflect reality faithfully ...

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Green Reflexions
Orangerie Decorations
Claude Monet 1920-26

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