French, 1840-1926. Claude Monet became the leading figure of the Impressionist movement in the latter half of the 19th century. Monet developed this style along with his fellow painters Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley after he moved to Paris from his hometown of Le Harve in 1862 to study painting. Monet preferred en-plein-air painting and using loose brush strokes to capture the lighting and atmospheric conditions at that specific moment in time. He painted everything from train stations to churches and pastures to ponds and always several versions of each. The pond he created at his home in Giverny was the subject of many of his paintings and of large murals produced near the end of his life for the Orangerie at Tuileries in Paris. Monet's work heavily influenced the American Impressionist movement as well as the early work of artists like Henri Matisse and Vincent Van-Gogh.