Oscar-Claude Monet is a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement along with his friends Renoir, Sisley and Bazille. Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends and the nature itself. Monet observed variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes. To celebrate his 175th anniversary, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:

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Water Lily Pond, 1900.

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Impression (Sunrise), 1872.

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Water Lilies, 1919.

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Wild Poppies, near Argenteuil, 1873.

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Rouen Cathedral: The Portal (Sunlight), 1894.

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Beach in Pourville, 1882.

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Springtime, 1872.

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Women in the Garden, 1866.

When Camille was pregnant with Jean, Monet, who was penniless, left her in Paris and returned to Le Havre to stay with his aunt. He then immersed himself frantically in his work. His relations with his family (especially his father) at that time seem to have improved perceptibly. The way Monet represents his father on this terrace suggests that the two men were on good terms: he is seated in the foreground beside the woman who would finance the early years of the painter’s career to a large extent, his aunt, Marie-Jeanne Lecadre. They are both looking at two other people, Monet’s cousin Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre and a man whose identity remains unknown. The flowers spreading out from this terrace combine with the sea, boats and sky, heralding the major works of Impressionism.

Garden at Sainte-Adresse, 1867.

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The Luncheon, 1868.

Source: ClaudeMonetGallery

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