Claude Monet (1840-1926)
French painter Claude Monet received his first lessons in Le Havre. There his teacher Eugène Boudin introduced him to painting in the open air. He continued his education in Paris, where he met painters such as Pisarro, Renoir and Sisley, with whom he often painted outdoors. In 1865, he adopted a new technique, using separate streaks of unmixed paint. This style, later called Impressionism was taken up by other painters in France, and later in the Netherlands. Monet took this capturing of impressions to such lengths that he sometimes painted a single subject, such as Rouen cathedral, over and over again at different times of the day and in different kinds of light. His late work is almost abstract.