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Claude Monet (Born Paris, 14 November 1840; died Giverny, 5 December 1926). French Impressionist painter. He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his pictures—Impression: Sunrise (1872, Mus. Marmottan, Paris)—gave the group its name. His youth was spent in Le Havre, where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting by his early mentor Boudin, from whom he derived his enthusiasm for painting out of doors.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)