Claude Monet, an initiator of French impressionist painting, lived from 1840 to 1926. The term Impressionism originated from the title of his early painting, Impression, Sunrise. Monet and other impressionists broke the rules of acceptable academic painting practices and were considered radicals.
Here are some of his earlier works on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.
|The Petite Creuse River, 1889|
|Cliff Walk at Pourville, 1882|
|Boats on the Beach at Etretat, 1885|
Painted during the rain from his narrow view of the beach in his room at the Hotel Blanquet.