Claude Monet: Father of Impressionism

Vineyard thinking ... Claude Monet Every artist of the world knows the man who inspired Impressionism – Claude Monet. He was able to capture the beauty of nature with his unique, vivacious, and spontaneous style of painting.

Short Biography

On November 14, 1840, Claude Monet was born in Paris, France. He grew up in Le Havre with his father hoping that he would be a grocer, but Monet loved the field of art. He was able to build a reputation as a charcoal impressionist as he was growing up. Monet earned his first income by making caricatures, which also inspired him to pursue art at a more serious note. This disappointed his father so he was cut off financially. His incomes from his early caricatures were able to aid him in those hard times.

Monet moved to Paris in 1857, but he was not satisfied imitating the master painters. This led him to just look out the window and paint what he saw. He joined the army in 1861, but left after two years because he got sick. He continued his journey with art after that. Monet got married in 1870. However, because of the Prussian war, he was forced to leave London and spend his time in Holland before finally going back to Paris.

His eyes deteriorated after the war, but he still continued to paint. He died of lung cancer in December 1926.

Famous Paintings

Here are some of the paintings that made Claude Monet very famous:

  • Impression Sunrise
  • San Giorgio Maggiore At Dusk
  • Water Lilies
  • Wild Poppies, Near Argenteuil
  • La Promenade
  • Water Lily Pond
  • The Artists Family In The Garden
  • Madame Monet and Child
  • Irises In Monet’s Garden 

Monet was a man who disliked the traditional approach of painting. He refused to copy the styles of established masters and instead, learned from his own and from his friends.

Pablo Picasso: An Influential Painter

NYC - MoMA: Pablo Picasso´s Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier)Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Pablo Picasso), a painter, is considered as one of the most influential artists of all times. His birth date is October 25, 1881 and he was born in Spain. Upon baptism, he was named “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad”. He was the eldest son of Don José Ruiz y Blasco and María Picasso y López. They basically belong to a middle-class family since his father is also a painter. Even on Pablo’s younger years, his potential of being an artist is already seen. At the age of 7, he was formally trained by his father on how to draw and paint. He was sent to attend a formal art class at school, but he hated the idea of others telling him what to do. After that, he did not attend the succeeding sessions, but instead travelled around Spain to explore and to learn. Aside from painting, he was also a printmaker, sculptor, ceramist, and stage designer.

Picasso is one of the three artists, together with Marcel Duchamp and Henri Matisse, known for defining groundbreaking improvements in plastic arts. He mostly loves to paint.  He paints images from his imagination and colors it cheerfully to be expressive.

Picasso’s Famous Paintings

Picasso contributed many of the most famous paintings today. Here are some of his works of art:

  • The Old Guitarist

This depicts an old, blind man playing a guitar on the streets in Spain.

  • Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

This depicts five women whose body shapes are disjointed.

Picasso is one of the most historical painters and one of the painters who have produced several numbers of artworks. He had produced 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 12,000 drawings, 2,880 ceramics, and thousands of prints. He truly is one influential painter.