One of the most well known impressionist painters, Claude Monet, was born in Paris in 1840. A few years after his birth, Monet would move to the French town of Le Havre. His parents owned a supply store and had a very successful business. His father wanted him to continue with the family supply business, while his mother encouraged his talent as an artist. Monet did not follow in his father's footsteps because his dream was to be an artist. He would start pursuing that dream in 1851, when he started to attend school in France.
Claude Monet was not fond of following traditional ideas when it came to his artwork. He found it hard to learn in the art school he attended and would often draw caricatures while in class. He started selling the caricatures, which greatly disappointed his very well-to-do parents. Monet's talents could be seen at a young age and he had his first art showing as a teenager. It was not long after his first art exhibit that his mother passed away and Monet went to live with his aunt, Marie Jeanne.
One of Claude Monet's biggest influences was Eugen Boudin. Boudin gave Monet the motivation he needed to become a great artist. Boudin helped to encourage Monet to start painting, which was something that only started to interest Monet after he met Boudin. Boudin would also encourage Monet to paint what he saw in nature. Boudin played one of the most pivotal roles in helping shape Monet into a successful painter. Monet would serve in the military for several years and then he returned to Paris where he was influenced by several other artists, including Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Claude Monet would end up marrying one of his models, Camille Doncieux. Monet and Camille would have two sons, Jean and Michel. Monet and Camille would struggle financially at first, but eventually Monet would be become more successful. The couple moved to London in 1870 because of the war. It was not long until Monet and Camille returned to France. It was in France that Monet had his first Impressionist art showing. Famous artists, such as Renoir and Cezanne were included in the exhibit. It brought criticism from art critics, but eventually Monet's work was more widely accepted. After the death of his wife in 1979, Monet moved to Giverny where he lived until he died of lung cancer in 1926.