Pissarro (godfather of Monet's son Jean), however, returned to France and was killed during the war which also seriously injured Renoir. This sometimes drove Monet to bouts of depression and pessimism during and after the war. He took the death of his good friend Camille very badly. But they were prosperous days if not happy ones and enabled him to afford rent large rented homes in Argenteuil with great scenery which were the subject of many of his paintings. Monet lived in Argenteuil with his family for nearly eight years and it was there that he gained his place in history.
The paintings he did at Argenteuil became greatly polished and he produced a stunning variety of work. He discovered his great talent for landscapes although it was discouraged by critics at the time. Monet believed nature was a sanctuary from the sadder side of life — particularly commercial development — and he made sure every home he had after the war had a luxurious garden — or he made one.
In 1883, Monet
settled at Giverny near Paris where he created the extensive water gardens
and lily ponds which became the predominant theme in
his work. It was there that he painted the series of large-scale
paintings of water lilies for which he is perhaps most
experienced the extremes of both poverty and prosperity during his lifetime. Despite failing eyesight, he
continued to paint almost until his death on 5 December 1926.
Above is a photo of Claude Monet in 1923-24 on the Rose Path leading to the house in his garden at Giverny.
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