This week, Monet & Me students will be studying the famous French impressionist, Claude Monet!
Monet was born in Paris in 1840. Instead of joining his families grocery business, he choose to enroll in a Fine Arts program to perfect his painting technique. After attending school, Monet became the leading figure in the growth of impressionism, a movement in which painters looked to nature for inspiration and used vibrant light and color rather than the solemn browns and blacks of previous paintings.
Towards the end of his life Monet's bad eyesight, and lung cancer limited his painting ability. Although his health declined, the skill of his work did not. He utilized his home Giverny as a source of composition inspiration. Monet adored gardens and lily ponds, he would paint his gardens and water lily's over and over again, but at different times of day or year.
This week we will celebrate Monet as we paint the gardens of Giverny.