Several years ago when I was ten I had an opportunity to travel to France. I went to a few museums which I liked including Yhe Louvre and The Pompidou Center. The museum I found most interesting was Musee D Orsay. All the paintings at Musee D Orsay were impressionist paintings. Claude Monet was the artist who intrigued me the most. What I liked particularly about his paintings was a lot of them consisted of his wife and his son. My absolute favorite painting was Woman with a Parasol. There are a few different paintings of his wife with a parasol which look quite similar. Some are by herself and at least one is with her son in the background. That is the one I chose to critique. Claude Monet was born in Giverny, France about fifty miles from Paris on November 14,1840. His family moved to Le Havre when he was five. He thought living on the coast was crucial to the development of his visual responses, particularly to the light and atmosphere which so governed his inspiration. (monet pg.7) Monet lived and traveled several places throughout his life. He married his wife Camille in 1870. He had two sons, Jean and Michel. Camille died in 1879 from tuberculosis(mount pg.309) when Claude was only thirty- seven years old. He did remarry Alice Hoschede in 1892 but there is no achknowledgement of Claude painting her in any of his paintings, only his first wife Camille. He was in great agony when she died. Monet is credited with the birth of impressionism.(martini pg.5) Monet says, I paint as a bird sings. His painting Impression, Sunrise of 1872 gave the impressionist movement its name.(Monet pg.6) Impressionism is described by myself as someone who looks at a scene and then tries to create it in a way to make it look unreal yet extrodinary. The word impressionism conjures up a brightly colored, modestly sized p…

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