I have chosen (Oscar) Claude Monet as the artist for the challenge this quarter. He was born in Paris, France in 1840 and died in Giverny, France in 1926.
Monet was named the creator of “Impressionism” because he was more concerned with light and form than realism. The painting that inspired the name came from his painting “Impression, soleil levant (Sunrise), 1872, which now hangs in Musée Marmottan Monet,Paris.
He preferred outdoors to school and amassed a huge body of work based on studies of various landscapes at different times of day, season and weather conditions to study the changes in light and form.
Like many artists of his time, Monet suffered from depression, poverty and illness. However, it never dampened his passion for his work.
“My only merit lies in having painted directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions of the most fleeting effects.”
There are several good sites of his work, but this is probably the most comprehensive, cataloging over 1700 of his works. http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/
There are many repeating themes in his work and also a wide variety of styles throughout his long career as his style evolved. I think there is something for everyone and a lot of it will lend itself nicely to felting and mixed media.
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