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Impression Sunrise

Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French painter who founded the impressionist painting movement
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     Although painted in 1872, Claude Monet got the name for “Impression Sunrise” by a sudden impulse just before the first “impressionist” exhibition was held in France in 1874. It is this painting that inspired the creation of the term "impressionism" — the belief that art must be less realistic and more representative — and gave him his position as king of impressionism. Monet disliked the term.

Impression Sunrise, 1873, oil on canvas, 24.4 x 32 in / 62 x 81.3 cm, US$330

NOTE: This photo has been carefully compared to 24 photos of the original painting, including four (greatly differing) images from the Musee Marmottan in Paris to which the painting belongs. Our reproduction closely resembles this digital image which has been corrected by our experts to the best of their ability after diligently considering all two dozen photos of the original work.

     During the Franco-Prussian War, he had fled to London for two years to avoid conscription into the military. While in London he spent a lot of time with Pissarro which affected his painting style, changing his choice of colors and continually decreasing the size of his brushstrokes.
     Monet was sometimes given to bouts of depression and pessimism during and after the Franco-Prussian War, which killed Camille (godfather of his son Jean) and seriously injured Renoir. He took the death of his good friend Camille very badly. But they were prosperous years and enabled him to afford large rented homes in Argenteuil with great scenery which were the subject of many of his paintings. He lived there with his family for nearly eight years and it was at Argenteuil that he gained his place in history.
     His paintings there became greatly polished and produced a stunning variety of work. He discoverd his great talent for landscapes although it was discouraged by critics at the time. He 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.

The artist about 1923-24 on the Rose Path in his garden at Giverny leading to the house.

Photo of Claude Monet in 1923-24 on the Rose Path leading to the house in his garden at Giverny.

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