Claude Monet was born on this day, November 14, in 1840. His parents were second-generation Parisians; his mother Louise was a singer, and father Claude wanted his namesake to join the family grocery business. Lucky for us, Claude Jr. headed for the canvas, and today, his paintings of water lilies, the cathedral at Rouen and the Houses of Parliament at dawn are famous the world over. Today, we present to you our ten favorite Monet works – they display a range of his Impressionist abilities, including detached depictions of crowded boulevards and loving portraits of poppy fields.
This painting of the port at Le Havre was exhibited in Paris in 1874; visitors derided Monet’s work as “graffiti,” and some said they were completely unable to recognize what was painted.
Possibly his most famous work, Monet’s “Water Lilies” were completed while he was suffering from cataracts. How’s that for feeling untalented?
By eliminating black and gray from his palette, Monet blended multiple colors to convey the fleeting nature of his immediate surroundings.
A longtime admirer of flora and fauna, Monet lovingly painted his bloom-covered home in Argenteuil.
Between 1892 and 1893, Monet painted the cathedral in Rouen thirty times, at different times during the day and in different parts of the year.
When “Boulevard des Capucines” was exhibited for the first time, a critic ranted savagely that that painting was done in “any old, slap-dash way.”
“Cliff Walk at Pourville” was inspired by a Japanese triptych, by the artist named Hiroshige, titled “Evening View of Eight Famous Sites at Kanazawa.”
Between 1871 and 1878, Monet and his family lived in the village of Argenteuil, where he created some of his best-known nature paintings.
“Antibes Seen From the Salis Gardens” is one of a number of paintings Monet made of the same view in 1888.