If you've ever been impressed by a painting done by French artist Claude Monet, it's probably no accident. In fact, Monet is known in the art world as the "Pioneer of Impressionism," using paint to capture the sweeping and subtle movements of life by way of color, light and texture variations. In 1923, Monet underwent surgery to remove cataracts from his eyes. Before this surgery, Monet painted works with deeper reds as a result of his blurred vision. Yet despite his troubles seeing, Monet became a true visionary not only through art but throughout culture as well. He was an atheist, father, husband, veteran and was fascinated by nature. The complex and quirky life of Claude Monet would come to inspire generations of creative souls to come.
At the age of 86, Monet died of lung cancer, leaving behind a lifelong legacy of amazing artistic creations. Learn more about Monet's vivacious life and his many works.