Claude Monet

1840 Born in Paris.

1845 Monet’s family moves to Le Havre, his father joining a family grocery business.

1858 Meets Eugène Boudin and paints outdoors with him.

1857 Monet’s mother dies but his aunt encourages his interest in painting.

1859 Enrols at the Académie Suisse in Paris where he meets Camille Pissarro.

1860 Called up for military service and posted to Algeria for a year.

1862 Discharged from the army due to illness. Meets the Dutch artist Johan Barthold Jongkind who is influential in directing Monet towards landscape painting. Enters the studio of Charles Gleyre in Paris where he meets Renoir and Sisley.

1867 Camille Doncieux, Monet’s mistress gives birth to their first son.

1869 Monet and Renoir work together at La Grenouillère, a popular bathing place on the Seine, near Paris. Their paintings prove to be of great importance in the formation of Impressionism.

1870 Marries Camille. With the onset of the Franco-Prussian War they move to London.

1871 Monet’s father dies leaving him a modest inheritance. Returns to France where the family rent a house at Argenteuil near Paris.

1873 The Société Anonyme Co-opérative d’Artistes-Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs etc. is formed, being the nucleus of the group later labelled the Impressionists.

1874 The first group exhibition takes place. The critic Louis Leroy coins the word ‘Impressionist’ in a sarcastic review of Monet’s Impression, Sunrise.

1876 Meets Ernest Hoschedé who commissions panels for his château.

1878 Monet’s patron Ernest Hoschedé is declared bankrupt. The Hoschedé and Monet families set up house together at Véteuil.

1879 Camille dies.

1883 Monet, Alice Hoschedé (now his lover) and their eight children move to Giverny.

1890 Monet is able to purchase his house in Giverny.

1892 Following the death of Ernest Hoschedé, Monet and Alice are married.

1893 Buys more land to extend his garden at Giverny where he builds a ‘Japanese’ bridge over a pond and plants waterlilies.

1894 The Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibit Monet’s series showing the façade of Rouen Cathedral seen under varying light conditions.

1904 Exhibition of paintings resulting from Monet’s recent visits to London.

1908 Monet and Alice visit Venice.

1911 Alice dies.

1916 A large studio is completed at Giverny which Monet uses to work on his huge waterlily decorations which are designed to surround the viewer.

1918 Monet announces that he will donate his waterlily decorations to the state.

1926 Dies at Giverny.

1927 The waterlily decorations, installed in the Orangerie are opened to the public.


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Claude Monet - Selected Works

1858 View from Rouelles, Maranuma Art Park, Japan

1865 Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1866 Camille, or the Green Dress, Bremen, Kunsthalle

1867 Women in the Garden, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1867 Terrace at Sainte-Adresse, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1867 Jean Monet in his Cradle, Washington, National Gallery of Art

1868 On the Bank of the Seine at Bennecourt, Chicago, Art Institute

1868 Bathers at La Grenouillère, London, National Gallery

1869 La Grenouillère. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1869 Still Life with Flowers, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum

1870 On the Beach, Trouville, London, National Gallery

1870 Hotel des Roches-Noires, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1871 Hyde Park, London, Providence, Rhode Island School of Design

1872 Regatta at Argenteuil, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1872 Pont Neuf, Dallas Museum of Art

1873 Boulevard des Capucines, Moscow, Pushkin Museum

1873 Impression: Sunrise, Paris, Musée Marmottan

1873 Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1873 The Artist’s House at Argenteuil, Chicago, Art Institute

1874 Snow at Argenteuil, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

1874 The Railway Bridge at Argenteuil, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1876 La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

1876 Turkeys, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1877 Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1877 Pont de L’Europe, Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, Musée Monet Marmottan

1878 Parc Monceau, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1879 Camille Monet on her Deathbed, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1882 Anglers on the Seine near Poissy, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1882 The Cliff Walk at Pourville, Chicago, Art Institute

1882 The Church at Varengeville, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

1881–2 Vase of Flowers, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1886 Woman with a Parasol, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1888 Antibes, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1889 Valley of the Creuse (Evening Effect), Paris, Musée Monet Marmottan

1889 Valley of the Creuse (Sunlight Effect), Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

c1890 Break-up of the ice on the Seine, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

1890 The Empty Boat, Paris, Musée Monet Marmottan, Paris, Musée Monet Marmottan

1891 Poplars, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1891 Haystacks (Snow Effect; overcast day), Chicago, Art Institute

1891 Haystacks (Sunset; snow effect), Chicago, Art Institute

1891 Haystacks (Snow effect; sunlight), Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland

1894 Rouen Cathedral, Morning, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1894 Rouen Cathedral, the Facade in Sunlight, Williamstown MA, Clark Art Institute

1894 Rouen Cathedral, Sunlight (Sunset),Paris, Musée Monet Marmottan

1899 The Japanese Bridge, London, National Gallery

1902 Path in the Garden at Giverny, Vienna, Belvedere

1904 Water Garden at Giverny, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1904 The Houses of Parliament, Effect of Sunlight in the Fog, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1915–1925 Grandes Décorations: Water Lilies, Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie

Claude Monet - Featured Paintings

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