Oscar-Claude Monet ( 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was one of the founders of French Impressionist. The word ‘Impressionism’ is actually derived from the title of his painting Impression - Impression, Sunrise- painting. He was the most consistent and most prolific practitioner of the movement based on the philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, which was especially applied to landscapes and landscape painting. Monet's ambition to capture the French countryside led him to paint the same scene many times in order to capture the changes in both lighting and the passage of seasons. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 on, where he purchased a house and property where he began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds which would later be the subjects of his best-known works.
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