If you trust John Berger’s judgment, you are about to witness "a blizzard of white, grey, and purplish paint ... a terrible blizzard of loss”
The year of 1840 and the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte welcomed one of the greatest figures in history of art and existence. while Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine where baptizing their son in the local church as Oscar Claude, little did they know that the person they brought in the world would become an atheist and a father of painting style we call impressionism.
Nineteenth century was the time France was leading the world of art. Small groups of artists were on search for something extraordinary that would make lasting changes in life of visual art. We could apploude few of those who withstood a mighty sward of criticism but shall we forget that. A single individual who performed a deadly deconstruction of rules of art was Claude Monet. He was the one who provided the name by which he and his fellow artists have come to be known.
The name "Impressionism" was derived from Monet’s painting of the port of Le Havre entitled "Impression soleil levant" - or in English "Impression, sunrise" the harsh criticism of this exact painting was the reason behind the name of the modern paining style. Art critic Louis Leroy made fun of the new style by calling Monet and many other Monets – impressionists. Ever since the word is mainly used to praise them.
Monet was one of the first artists to find inspiration in the most random details of life like street scenes and railway stations. In order to adopt a new method of painting, he moved to a countryside where he was painting the same scene many times to capture the changing light of the passing of the seasons.
December 5th of the year 1926 was when death took Monet away. At the age of 86. Giverny was the last place where he lived. His house along with the museum of impressionism are major tourist attraction from all over the world.