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Wikipedia Summary for Claude Monet

Oscar-Claude Monet (UK: , US: , French: [klod mɔnɛ]; 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first Salon des Refusés (exhibition of rejects) mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883, Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. He began painting the water lilies in 1899, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that occupied him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

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I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture.

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I'm in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint.

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Take clear water with grass waving at the bottom. It's wonderful to look at, but to try to paint it is enough to make one insane.

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I want to paint the air in which the bridge, the house and the boat are to be found -- the beauty of the air around them, and that is nothing less than the impossible.

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I despise the opinion of the press and the so-called critics.

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It seems to me that when I see nature I see it ready-made, completely written -- but then, try to do it!

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I am pleased with the exhibition... everything on display was sold for a good price to decent people. It has been a long time since I believed that you could educate public taste.

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I say that whoever claims to have finished a canvas is terribly arrogant.

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What can be said about a man who is interested in nothing but his painting? It's a pity if a man can only interest himself in one thing. But I can't do any thing else. I have only one interest.

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Zaandam has enough to paint for a lifetime.

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I've said it before and can only repeat that I owe everything to Boudin and I attribute my success to him. I came to be fascinated by his studies, the products of what I call instantaneity.

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I intend to do a large painting of the cliff at Etretat, although it is terribly bold of me to do so after Courbet has painted it so admirably, but I will try to do it in a different way.

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These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession. It's quite beyond my powers at my age, and yet I want to succeed in expressing what I feel.

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I think only of my painting, and if I were to drop it, I think I'd go crazy.

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Despite my exhaustion I have a devil of a time getting to sleep because of the rats above my bed and a pig who lives beneath my room.

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Everything changes, even stone.

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I still have a lot of pleasure doing them, but as time goes by I come to appreciate more clearly which paintings are good and which should be discarded.

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I've always refused requests even from friends to employ a technique I know nothing about.

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I'm enjoying the most perfect tranquillity, free from all worries, and in consequence would like to stay this way forever, in a peaceful corner of the countryside like this.

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Techniques vary, art stays the same; it is a transposition of nature at once forceful and sensitive.

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It's enough to drive you crazy, trying to depict the weather, the atmosphere, the ambience.

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Now I really feel the landscape, I can be bold and include every tone of pink and blue: it's enchanting, it's delicious, and I hope it will please you.

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Without the fog, London would not be a beautiful city. It is fog that gives it its magnificent amplitude...its regular and massive blocks become grandiose in that mysterious mantle.

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The Thames was all gold. God it was beautiful, so fine that I began working a frenzy, following the sun and its reflections on the water.

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I sometimes feel ashamed that I am devoting myself to artistic pursuits while so many of our people are suffering and dying for us. It's true that fretting never did any good.

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It would be asking too much to want to sell only to connoisseurs -- that way starvation lies.

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I'm continuing to work hard, not without periods of discouragement, but my strength comes back again.

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Despite my extremely modest prices, dealers and art lovers are turning their backs on me. It is very depressing to see the lack of interest shown in an art object which has no market value.

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I would love to do orange and lemon trees silhouetted against the blue sea, but I cannot find them the way I want them.

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While adding the finishing touches to a painting might appear insignificant, it is much harder to do than one might suppose.

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I'm getting so slow at my work it makes me despair, but... I'm increasingly obsessed by the need to render what I experience, and I'm praying that I'll have a few more good years left to me.

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No, I'm not a great painter. Neither am I a great poet.

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Lots of people will protest that it's quite unreal and that I'm out of my mind, but that's just too bad.

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I do what I can to convey what I experience before nature and most often, in order to succeed in conveying what I feel, I totally forget the most elementary rules of painting, if they exist that is.

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All of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was.

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What is it that's taken hold of me, for me to carry on like this in relentless pursuit of something beyond my powers?

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Think of me getting up before 6, I'm at work by 7 and I continue until 6.30 in the evening, standing up all the time, nine canvases. It's murderous.

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For almost two months now I've been struggling away with no result.

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Light is the most important person in the picture.

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A good impression is lost so quickly.

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I didn't become an impressionist. As long as I can remember I always have been one.

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I have made tremendous efforts to work in a darker register and express the sinister and tragic quality of the place, given my natural tendency to work in light and pale tones.

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I have once more taken up things that can't be done: water with grasses weaving on the bottom. But I'm always tackling that sort of thing!

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It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.

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I've spent so long on some paintings that I no longer know what to think of them, and I am definitely getting harder to please; nothing satisfies me.

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Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.

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The essence of the motif is the mirror of water, whose appearance alters at every moment.

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Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all -- my head is bursting.

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I'm quite content: although what I'm doing is far from being as I should like, I am complemented often enough all the same.

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I'm knocked out, I've never felt so physically and mentally exhausted, I'm quite stupid with it and long only for bed; but I am happy.

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I've been working so hard that I'm exhausted... I feel I won't be able to do without a few weeks' rest, so I'm going off to see the sea.

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The Seine. I have painted it all my life, at all hours of the day, at all times of the year, from Paris to the sea…Argenteuil, Poissy, Vétheuil, Giverny, Rouen, Le Havre.

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Gardening was something I learned in my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

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Getting up at 4 in the morning, I slave away all day until by the evening I'm exhausted, and I end by forgetting all my responsibilities, thinking only of the work I've set out to do.

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My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.

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No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself to finish paintings which do not satisfy me and seem to please so very few others.

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What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.

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One's better off alone, and yet there are so many things that are impossible to fathom on one's own. In fact it's a terrible business and the task is a hard one.

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The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.

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The point is to know how to use the colors, the choice of which is, when all's said and done, a matter of habit.

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I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

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It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare.

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I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint.

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I must have flowers, always, and always.

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I had so much fire in me and so many plans.

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Among the seascapes, I am doing the regattas of Le Havre with many figures on the beach and the outer harbor covered with small sails.

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I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing.

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I am working, but when one has ceased to do seascape, it is the devil afterward -- very difficult; it changes at every instant, and here the weather varies several times in the same day.

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For a long time, I have hoped for better days, but alas, today it is necessary for me to lose all hope. My poor wife suffers more and more. I do not think it is possible to be any weaker.

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Finally here is a beautiful day, a superb sun like at Giverny. So I worked without stopping, for the tide at this moment is just as I need it for several motifs. This has bucked me up a bit.

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I do have a dream, a painting, the baths of La Grenouillere for which I've done a few bad rough sketches, but it is a dream. Renoir, who has just spent two months here, also wants to do this painting.

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My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.

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It is extraordinary to see the sea; what a spectacle! She is so unfettered that one wonders whether it is possible that she again become calm.

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I will do water -- beautiful, blue water.

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Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.

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I was definitely born under an evil star. I have just been thrown out of the inn where I was staying, naked as a worm.

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No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

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Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

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Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.


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I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

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My life has been nothing but a failure.

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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

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We wish you a perfect day!