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of the style is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work Characteristics of Impressionist: relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time); common, ordinary subject matter; The term "Impressionism" can also be used to describe art created in this style

1840 Birth of Claude Oscar MONET on November 14th in Paris. 1857 Death of his mother Louise Monet. 1858 Claude Monet meets Eugne Boudin who encourages him to paint out of doors. 1860 Monet meets Pissaro and Courbet

1865 Monet's paintings are submitted for the first time to the official Salon. Camille Doncieux his lady friend and Bazille pose for Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (the Picnic). 1868 Monet tries to commit suicide. He receives a pension from Mr Gaudibert. He paints in Fecamp and Etretat.

1874 Monet exhibits "Impression : sunrise" at the first Impressionist exhibition in the studio of Nadar. 1887 Monet exhibits in New-York thanks to Durand-Ruel. 1907 First problems with his eyesight. Monet discovers Venice.

1923 Monet is nearly blind. He has an operation from the cataract in one eye. His sight improves. 1926 In February Monet is still painting. But he suffers from lung cancer. He dies on December 5th. He is buried in a simple ceremony at Giverny. His friend Georges Clmenceau attends the ceremony.