Painter of the Week: Claude Monet. Today: Impression Sunrise. 1872. Oil on canvas. 48 × 63 cm (18.9 × 24.8 in). Musée Marmottan Monet
Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).