Wadsworth Atheneum

Monet: The Early Years Boxed Notecards

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) spent much of his childhood on the Normandy coast near Le Havre, where he observed the sea, the sand, and the ever-changing weather. As a teenager, he drew and sold caricatures, and made pencil sketches of sailing ships. He began painting when he met Eugene Boudin, one of the first French landscape artists to paint outdoors. Monet was profoundly affected by the immediacy of painting in plein air, and thus began his lifelong fascination with light, color, and capturing on canvas the fleeting sensory perception of nature.

After serving in the  military in Algeria from 1861-1862, Monet returned to France. He settled for a time in Paris, where he met Renoir, Cezanne, Whistler, and Manet. Despite his prolific period of the late 1860s, Monet struggled to support his family with infrequent sales of landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. But in these early works one can see the emergence of Monet's genius for capturing the sublime in the everyday, his broken brushstrokes illuminating his impressions of life.

20 notecards, 5 each of 4 images.


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