Monet and Impressionism

This paper discusses Claude Monet and the Impressionist movement and argues that while Monet’s works show great variety, they consistently reflect his deepest concerns.

Claude Monet was one of the most important of the artists who developed the Impressionist movement. Monet experimented with the effects of atmosphere and light, and what concerned him more and more were the techniques required to effect a direct transcription of visual sensation to the canvas. His works show a variety while also reflecting the deepest concerns of the artist in a consistent fashion:

Neither his choices of subject nor his modes of seeing, composing, and executing were accidental, nor were they dictated by a systematic theory. . . Yet, beneath the eddies in the flow of his art always lay an unswerving determination to paint truthfully the world in which he lived.