November 14, 1840
Claude Monet is born.
I appreciate all of his contributions to art history (dedication to working in series, careful observation of atmospheric conditions and how they change perception, working outside the establishment) and have spent quite a bit of time teaching his work. I didn’t realize what a scoundrel he is, until beginning this project, and how he receives a free pass in art history for it. You never hear what a dirty scoundrel he is. If this blog were giving out awards for that, he’d get one.