Oscar Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. In 1845, Monet and his family moved to La Harve in the Normandy region where he grew up with his older brother Leon. As a child, Monet enjoyed the outdoors and loved to draw, although his dad wanted him to go into business. A few years later, he went through a hard time after losing his mother. Landscape artist Eugene Boudin introduced him into painting outdoors and in later years, Monet moved back to Paris to focus more on his art. He served in the military for a short time, but was discharged because of health complications. After meeting new people and gaining new friends, Monet won acceptence into Salon of 1865 where hw submitted two of his lanscape paintings. Monet painted his lover and future wife many times, and had a son named Jean in 1867. After many years of financial trouble, Monet attempted to drown himself in a river in 1868. Monet often got frustated with his paintings and deestoryed up to 500 pieces of art. After critics said Impressionists' paintings look unfinshed and like sketches, Monet accepted the term. After their second son was born, his wife passed away which influenced the "Ice Drift" series. Monet remarried and started to get financially stable and gain more popularity for his paintings. His technique of natural light and appearences became well known in the late 1800s. Monet died on November 5, 1926, in Giverny.
from the Ice Drit Series: Drift Ice at Vetheuil