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Claude Oscar Monet was born on November 14, 1840. His first art was in the form of caricature, but he then switched to landscapes by his early mentor and teacher Eugene Boudin. From this teaching, Monet derived his lifelong tendency to paint out of doors, thus capturing the lights and shadows that defined his work. In 1859, he moved to Paris to study at the Atelier Suisse and while there, formed a friendship with Camille Pissarro, starting a trend for him to befriend some of the great contemporary painters of his day. He learned much from these associations and it reflected in his work. His life also revolved around war as he joined the military and was stationed in Algiers.

Later during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 to 1871, he had to take refuge in England to continue his work. In 1878 he moved to Vétheuil and in 1883 he settled at Giverny, also on the Seine, but about 40 miles from Paris. After having experienced extreme poverty, Monet began to prosper. By 1890 he was successful enough to buy the house at Giverny he had previously rented and in 1892 he married his mistress, with whom he had begun an affair in 1876, three years before the death of his first wife.

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