Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) is one of my all time favorite artists. He was a figurehead of the impressionist movement who used vibrant colors and bold strokes.
In fact, the term impressionism in the painting world was derived from one of Claude Monet's paintings named Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise). This painting was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the exhibitions headed by Monet and his associates. At the time, he was met with much criticism as many were more accustomed to the more traditional styles of painting.
Here are some Claude Monet quotes to give you an insight into his mindset:
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”
“Every day I discover
more and more
It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”
“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
“The more I live, the more I regret how little I know”
“It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”
“I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint...”
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.”
“If the world really looks like that I will paint no more!”
“I can only draw what I see.”
“I get madder and madder on giving back what I feel.”
“Impression — I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it … and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.”
Here are some of Monet's great paintings: