Famous artists in the early 20th century took in his use of series of paintings as an idea for their own work. The Haystacks, Water Lilies and Rouen Cathedral series inspired the likes of Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and Piet Mondrian.
The Abstract Expressionists (Pollock, Rothko, Basquiat & de Kooning) would then be attracted to Monet's early development of the principles of expression and abstraction art, such as with Impression Sunrise. Whilst their own work was significantly further along the path of abstraction, his contribution was recognised and respected.
Monet's use of series was to document light and other seasonal changes in the French countryside over the course of his life. Before the developments of professional photography it was insightful work from the likes of Monet which helped people understand more about the balance between weather, climate and nature.
Monet's bold colours would cut across endless artistic movements, offering inspiration for the possibilities of light and nature across the French landscape. Van Gogh's career would go to a whole new level after he swapped the dark Dutch scenes of Potato Eaters for the landscape scenes found in Southern France, such as Wheatfield with Cypresses.
Claude Monet would make such a landscape as accessible as possible for his work by later constructing an entire scene within his own background, famously in Giverny.
This Claude Monet paintings section summarises his most famous work before also offering many other significant works from his career for your enjoyment. Each one is accompanied by relevant information specific to that artwork including the history behind its inception.