Claude Monet was a French painter (1840- 1926) he is known as a founding member of the Impressionist movement. The term Impressionism is derived from his painting “Impression Soleil Levant” (which was exhibited in the 1874 Salon de Paris exhibition. Monet documented French countryside en plein air (painting outside). This was made possible due to advances in artist materials, notably oil paint being available in tubes for the first time, which allowed for portability.
Monet’s work evolved as he became interested in the changing of light and seasons. He often re painted the same landscapes, each time capturing the differing light, weather and palette of the scenery. This re capturing of a landscape and its atmosphere is shown well in Monet’s series “Haystacks” which consisted of 25 paintings.