Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840. When he was
five years old, the family moved to the port town of Le Havre. For much
of his childhood he was considered by both his teachers and parents to
be undisciplined and therefore, unlikely to make a success of his
life. When he was a fifteen, scornful of the quiet earnest
pictures Boudin was painting, they met and Boudin, overcoming the
younger man's resistance, urged him to study landscape.
they worked outdoors in the lovely Norman countryside around Le Havre
and Monet became a "plein-airiste" (open-air painter) almost against
his will - an ironical fact since it was he who later so fanatically
advocated the practic
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