Oscar-Claude Monet (Paris, November 14, 1840-Giverny, December 5, 1926), was a French painter, the main visible head of the pictorial movement known as Impressionism, whose name is derived from a work of the painter (Impression, sun nascent).
He used to paint paid caricatures in his childhood; afterwards he wanted to devote himself to painting with the disgust of his parents, well-off businessmen. The harshness of the art world when you are unknown took over his life for a while, when he painted realist style paintings, without much more complications. He was admitted with some works in relevant exhibitions.
But little by little he was arriving at what is known today as impressionism, and along with some painters, friends of him by that time, forged a style, captained by himself, which took time to shine, since the first collective exhibition on the subject was the target of quiet mockery and even critics called the style "impressionist" jocularly.
The aforementioned exhibition was rapidly forgotten, but after many years, with many works already painted in this style and hidden in the workshops of these painters, this style regained some strength, so his works have been sold since then more expensive or cheaper, but always enjoying a great appreciation by the public.
The success of impressionism is also due to the time-honored interest of some gallerists who with their influences in the press and in the galleries themselves could "make fashionable" a work, painter or style, as it happened.
In short, as Monet's life progressed, he received "deferred payments" for his successes, which included giving name to the style that the aforementioned group of painters used. So much so that his genius allowed him to create different series that today are widely appreciated by critics and audiences, such as the series of works on the cathedral of Rouen, on the city of London, or in a maximum display of genius and looking back to something simpler, his series of water lilies that he painted on the ponds of his country house.
On a global level, it can be said that Monet is a mainstay in the history of universal painting in general and Western painting in particular, with his own determination of genius that brought us visions not known until then. The treatment of color, fundamental in his work, and the blurred or impressionistic aspect of his brushstroke, opens a new world to painting, partially figurative, with this world being Impressionism, one of the movements most admired today by critics and public and, unlike in the twentieth century, maintaining this movement between the "figurative" and the invented, which is in the opinion of the editor of this publication where and when great works of art arise.
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