Claude Monet Key Elements

After his mother died, Monet left school and went to live with Marie-Jeanne Lecadre, his widowed childless aunt.  Monet painted Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) in 1872. It depicted a Le Havre port landscape. In 1874 it hung in the first Impressionist exhibition. When art critic Louis Leroy read the painting’s titled, he coined the term “Impressionism”. Leroy meant his assessment to be negative, but the Impressionists at the time approved of description and it stuck. 

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