Art and Visual Culture
Term Paper, Second Submission
December 19th, 2012
“Garden at Sainte- Adresse, 1867”
Oscar Claude Monet painted “Garden at Sainte- Adresse” in 1867. Seven years later “after an art exhibition in 1874, a critic insultingly dubbed Monet’s painting style ‘Impression,’ since it was more concerned with form and light than realism, and the term stuck.” Not only did the term stick but gave both name and rise to a new style of painting introduced by Monet and others such as Renoir, Sisley, and Bazille. The “Garden at Sainte-Adresse” displays the artistic technique for which impressionism is now famous (“Claude Monet Biography”).
Monet was one of the most well-known painters in the history of art and in the Impressionist movement. Monet chose selected modern “histories in his figural works which drew everyday lives of his contemporaries, ignoring the traditional selection of literary subjects based on historical, mythological, or religious events from the past.” (Orr, Tucker, and Murray) His interest in art began at a tender age. In class he kept himself occupied by drawing caricatures of his teachers. Although he had his mother’s support to pursue art, his father preferred that he go into business. Monet grieved deeply when his mother passed away in 1857 (“Claude Monet Biography”).
In his community, Monet drew many of the town’s residents and became famous for his caricatures. Eugene Boudin, a local landscape artist, introduced Monet to the natural world, which he started to explore in his work. After Boudin introduced Monet to painting outdoors, Monet decided to move back to Paris to pursue his dream of art. He then enrolled in Academie Suisse as a student and met fellow artist Camille Pissarro who became his close friend for many years (“Claude Monet Biography”).
From 1861 to 1862, Monet was stationed in the military service although he was discharged because of health reasons. When...