Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 and died December 5, 1926. Claude Monet was born on the 5th floor of 45 Rue Laffitte (the name of the street) in Paris. This wonderful artist was baptized in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, the local parish church. Monet was baptized as Oscar-Claude, but his parents called him simply Oscar. Strange that we all call him Claude. Claude Monet was the second son of Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée Monet. His parents were second-generation Parisians. Monet wanted to become an artist, but his father wanted him to go into the family grocery business. On April 1, 1851, Monet entered Le Havre secondary school of the arts. While attending Le Havre secondary school of the arts, the locals knew Monet well for his charcoal caricatures. On January 28, 1857, when Monet was only sixteen, his mother died.