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43 Brilliant Quotes By Claude Monet

Quick Facts

Famous As: Painter

Born On: November 14, 1840

Died On: December 5, 1926

Born In: Paris

Founder / Co Founder: French impressionist painting

Died At Age: 86

Claude Monet was a French painter who was a founder of the Imperialism movement in the 19th century Europe. Oscar-Claude Monet is regarded as one of the most prolific painters who were ardent supporters of the art of expressing one's perceptions before nature. He gained recognition due to his works in Impression, Sunrise, Rouen Cathedral series, London Parliament series, Water Lilies, Haystacks and Poplars. Claude Monet is considered as the pioneer of plein-air landscape type painting. It is a method of iterative paintings which documents the gradual change in singular landscape with the passage of time and seasons. In an auction in 2004, his artwork ‘London, the Parliament and Effects of Sun in the Fog’ went on to be sold at a whopping US$20.1 million. A couple of years later, his painting Le bassin aux nymphéas (from the water lilies series) went on to be sold at a record price of US$71 million. This placed him in the elite list of top 20 highest paid painters. Let’s browse through the following quotes from this French Imperialistic artist.

I must have flowers, always, and always.

Claude Monet

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.

Claude Monet

Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,' and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.

Claude Monet

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet

My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.

Claude Monet

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

Claude Monet

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

Claude Monet

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet

Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.

Claude Monet

Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.

Claude Monet

Finally here is a beautiful day, a superb sun like at Giverny. So I worked without stopping, for the tide at this moment is just as I need it for several motifs. This has bucked me up a bit.

Claude Monet

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet

My life has been nothing but a failure.

Claude Monet

I will do water - beautiful, blue water.

Claude Monet

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece

Claude Monet

I have never had a studio, and I do not understand shutting oneself up in a room. To draw, yes; to paint, no.

Claude Monet

It is extraordinary to see the sea; what a spectacle! She is so unfettered that one wonders whether it is possible that she again become calm.

Claude Monet

I am installed in a fairylike place. I do not know where to poke my head; everything is superb, and I would like to do everything, so I use up and squander lots of color, for there are trials to be made.

Claude Monet

I do have a dream, a painting, the baths of La Grenouillere for which I've done a few bad rough sketches, but it is a dream. Renoir, who has just spent two months here, also wants to do this painting.

Claude Monet

I am working, but when one has ceased to do seascape, it is the devil afterward - very difficult; it changes at every instant, and here the weather varies several times in the same day.

Claude Monet

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

Claude Monet

I have always worked better alone and from my own impressions.

Claude Monet

I was definitely born under an evil star. I have just been thrown out of the inn where I was staying, naked as a worm.

Claude Monet

The more I live, the more I regret how little i know

Claude Monet

I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing.

Claude Monet

It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.

Claude Monet

For a long time, I have hoped for better days, but alas, today it is necessary for me to lose all hope. My poor wife suffers more and more. I do not think it is possible to be any weaker.

Claude Monet

I wear myself out and struggle with the sun. And what a sun here! It would be necessary to paint here with gold and gemstones. It is wonderful.

Claude Monet

I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint...

Claude Monet

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.

Claude Monet

Etretat is becoming more and more amazing. Now is the real moment: the beach with all its fine boats; it is superb, and I am enraged not to be more skillful in rendering all this. I would need two hands and hundreds of canvases.

Claude Monet

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

Claude Monet

Among the seascapes, I am doing the regattas of Le Havre with many figures on the beach and the outer harbor covered with small sails.

Claude Monet

If the world really looks like that I will paint no more!

Claude Monet

I can only draw what I see.

Claude Monet

I get madder and madder on giving back what I feel.

Claude Monet

There, the grand lines of mountain and sea are admirable, and apart from the exotic vegetation that is here, Monte Carlo is certainly the most beautiful spot of the entire coast: the motifs there are more complete, more picturelike, and consequently easier to execute.

Claude Monet

I don’t think I’m made for any earthly kind of pleasure.

Claude Monet

What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.

Claude Monet

The further I get, the more I regret how little I know…

Claude Monet

I want to paint the way a bird sings.

Claude Monet

No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself…

Claude Monet

…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all - my head is bursting…

Claude Monet