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Devon JohnsonMrs. TemplarArt and Music Appreciation21 October 2015Claude Oscar Monet: BiographyClaude Oscar Monet was born in Paris, France in 1840, and grew up in northern French community of Le Havre, gaining a reputation as a charcoal impressionist despite his father’s attempts to push him into the grocery business. Even at an early age, his artwork earned him a modest income, and encouraged him to pursue art more seriously, entering the Le Havre secondary school of arts in April 1851. Monet moved to Paris in 1857 and continued to paint, mostly drawing inspiration from the natural scenery. In 1861, however, his career was interruptedby the call of duty, as he left to join the army for seven years in Algeria. Fortunately for Monet, he developed a sickness two years into his service, enabling him to leave the army early and return to his artwork. In 1870, he married, and after a short period spent in London during the Franco-Prussian War, he visited Holland, then returned to Paris to live by the river Seine, in closecontact with other Impressionist artists, including Auguste Renoir, Sisley, Gustave, and Manet. When the first ‘impressionist’ exhibition was held in April 1874, it helped to instigate the spread of the emerging style, encouraging free expression and serving as a key moment in the development of modern art. By the turn of the century, Monet had become a staple artist of the Impressionist movement, with his work gaining increasing amounts of fame and popularity. He died of lung cancer in December 1926, at the age of 86, leaving a legacy as one of the greatest modern painters and the primary inspiration for the Impressionist Movement.