PopUp Painting’s artist of the week is the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Claude Monet was one of the founders of the ‘Impressionist’ movement. He, and his fellow Impressionist artists were focused on capturing movement, changing light and colour in their paintings, and were less concerned with realism. His thin lines of colour were what characterised his work and allowed him to create his highly atmospheric scenes.
Monet often created series of paintings of the same thing, for example the Haystacks, in order to catch the fleeting, changing light of the scene.
Monet’s work was very influential and it paved the way for artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne in the following period of ‘Post- Impressionism’. It is little wonder that Monet’s work now sells for millions of pounds.