Claude Monet (1840-1926)
French painter Claude Monet founded the Impressionist movement with Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Monet was fond of series paintings in which multiple paintings were done of a subject in varying light and weather conditions. Among his favorite subjects were his garden and lily pond, bridges and the banks of the Seine.
Fun fact: In 1872 Monet painted Impression, soleil levant, which hung in the first Impressionist exhibit. A hostile critic took the name “Impressionists” from the title of this picture by commenting that their works were indeed impressions rather than finished works of art. By 1876 the painters known as the Impressionists were using the term about themselves.