175 years ago today Claude Monet, one of the founders of French Impressionist painting, was born in Paris. Beloved for his later works of lily ponds at his countryside home in Giverny, he exemplified the movement’s core value of expressing one’s perceptions of nature through broken color and rapid brushstrokes. The term “Impressionism” was derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise, displayed in 1874 at the first exhibition mounted by the radical new school of artists. (1840)
Look at dozens of his works right now on Wikipedia. . .
Also, Monet exhibitions recently opened in Cleveland, Ohio; Ottawa, Canada; Buffalo, New York; and, for the first time, in Savannah, Georgia. His canvas, “The Water Lily Pond”, just went on display in San Francisco until February.
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- Czechoslovakia became a republic (1918)
- The BBC, British Broadcasting Company, began radio broadcasts (1922)
- President Roosevelt declared the Philippines to be a free territory (1935)
- Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, was released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border (1982)