Claude Monet Paintings
Rouen Cathedral, the Portal and the Tour d' Albane, Full Sunlight , 1893
Oil on canvas
Musee d' Orsay
Monet began to concern himself with his lifelong objective: portraying the variations of light and atmosphere brought on by changes of hour and season. Rather than copy in the Louvre, the traditional practice of young artists, Monet learned from his friends, from the landscape itself, and from the paintings of his older contemporaries Manet, Corot, and Courbet. Monet's representation of light was based on his knowledge of the laws of optics as well as his own observations of his subjects.