Claude Monet – part 1
Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840. His father was a merchant of colonial goods. Five years after his birth, his family left the French capital and moved to Le Havre.
From the age of 16 and while still a student at the College of Le Havre, he began painting caricatures. In 1857 he was orphaned from mother and was taken care of his aunt, Marie-Jeanne Lecadre, which was an amateur painter.
A year after the death of his mother, he met painter Eugène Boudin, who became his mentor. Bountin urged him to abandon his caricatures and start painting landscapes. Indeed, Monet painted at that time some tables depicting landscapes that were around Le Havre.
In 1859 he went to Paris where he began frequenting artistic circles. There he met and made friends with several artists of the time. Two years later, he joined the French Army to serve his term. With the status of a soldier he went to Morocco from which he returned after a few months due to illness. He was acquitted from the rest of his military service thanks to the money paid to the French state, by his aunt Marie-Jeanne Lecadre.
Having decided, now that he would deal professionally with painting he began to apprentice at the workshop of the famous painter Charles Gleyre. On Barbizon he will follow the region of Honfleur wherein Monet will continue to record the canvas of snapshots on the nature of the region. Meanwhile we arrived in 1865. The lab Gleyre closed, while the press has begun slowly to deal with Monet and his works. But this does not help his economic situation, which is very bad.
A year later, in 1866, he met his first love Camille.
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