Claude Monet was a great 19th-century French artist. He is the founding father of Impressionist painting. In fact, he is one of the greatest creators of art in the modern era. From his work "Impression: Sunrise", the term "impressionism" was derived in the art world.
Monet went to Paris in 1859 to study art. Whilst there, he enrolled at the Académie Suisse and met Camille Pissarro. On his return from Algeria for health reasons where he had gone to serve in the army he met many artists such as Renoir, Sisley and Bazille, who later became famous Impressionists. Despite the praise he received at the annual art exhibition in Paris, Monet remained financially insolvent. His situation improved when Louis Joachim Guadibert became his patron. In 1870 he went to England and Paul Durand-Ruel became his first art dealer. He returned to France in 1872 and settled in Paris. There, he eventually developed his own style of painting. "Impression, Sunrise", "The Water Lilies", "Beach at Pourville", "Spring", "Snow at Argenteuil" etc. are some of his most outstanding pieces..