Claude Monet confessed that he has hardly mastered arithmetic at school. And even these skills he used later in life only to count the growing debts. Now the name of Monet in the news headlines often coexists with some inhumanly fantastic figures in dollars, paid by the unknown buyers for his paintings at auctions. And if the amount of 80 million so strongly affects the lovers of painting, then the canvas 17 meters long or daily letters to his wife on 12 pages should also work. In Monet`s biography you will find staggering numbers. Just think ... 12 pages every day!
15-years old Oscar Claude Monet became famous in his hometown as a the artist- caricaturist.
800 francs were paid by the first owner of the painting "Impression. Sunrise" Ernest Hoschedé. When Ernest went bankrupt and his assets were sold off, Dr. de Bellio bought the painting for 210 francs.
5 years, from 1985 to 1990, the painting "Impression. Sunrise" was in an abandoned Corsican villa. During daylight hours, five robbers stole it from the Marmottan Museum in Paris, but have not been able to sell.
5 days before the death of Camille Doncieux, Claude Monet finally got engaged to her. Camilla was 32 years old, she had been living with Claude for 13 years, their youngest son was only one year old.
8 children were brought up in the family Monet-Hoschedé. Claude Monet had two sons after the death of his first wife, Camille, and 6 children with Alice Hoschedé stayed in Monet's house after bankruptcy and escape of their father Ernest Hoschedé.
10-12 pages, covered with writing from top to bottom were put by Monet in an envelope addressed to "Giverny. Alice Hoschedé" every day. When he left to work each morning, he used to send daily letters to his wife with a detailed story about the day, his feelings, work complexities and successes.
65 canvases were in the work of Monet simultaneously by the time of the Houses of Parliament series. With every change of light and weather conditions Monet changed the canvases. According to the memories of the artist's friends, creating the Rouen Cathedral series, Monet worked with a hundred of canvases at the same time.
30 consecutive years Monet set up his easel on the shore of the pond with water lilies almost every day.
250 paintings of Water Lilies are distributed around many museums and private collections across the world now.
17 meters is the length of the large image of water lilies, Claude Monet's greatest work. Above is one of the eight water lily murals by Monet, which are now in the oval rooms at the Musée de l'Orangerie.
81 years old was Claude Monet when he was offered a chair of French Academy of Fine Arts. The artist remembered the sad story of Rodin and Debussy, who had died on the eve of the election to the Academy - and refused.
For 35 years Monet lived with Alice Hoschedé, her children called the artist "Papa Monet" (Dad Monet).
3 eye surgeries had Claude Monet in the hope that it will return his eyesight. Monet was very disappointed with the results of the operations: the artist was still seen distorted colors.
153 letters were written by politician Georges Clemenceau to his friend Claude Monet.
No direct successor of Claude Monet remained. Both of his sons, Jean and Michel died, leaving no children. The alleged son Jean Pierre Hoschedé also had no children.
81,4 million dollars is the price of Monet`s most expensive painting sold at auction. The Grainstack is one of the 25 canvases from the first painted series made by the artist. The most challenging and revolutionary endeavor in art undertaken by Monet on a farmer field in Giverny was depicting a single landscape subject under different lighting and weather conditions. With The Grainstack Series did a painting take a turn, in the artistic life of Monet himself as well as in the way many other artist worked after him.
20 000 francs was assembled by Claude Monet for six months sending dozens of letters asking for donations to friends, artists, writers and reporters in order to buy back the painting "Olympia" by Edouard Manet and present it to France.
86 years lived Claude Monet. Having outlived all his fellow-Impressionists, he told the reporters about the birth of the artistic movement, criticism, poverty, recognition and his friends who had not lived up to those days.
94 paintings and 29 drawings by Claude Monet are kept in the Musée Marmottan in Paris. This is the the world's largest collection of works by the artist. In 1966 the testament of Monet's deceased son Michel, the only heir of the artist, was announced to public. All the collection of his father's work he bequeathed to the Musée Marmottan.
1 million dollars were donated by the American Eychizon Wallis to recovery and restoration of the house and garden of the artist at Giverny. The construction of the tunnel between the garden and the lawn with the pond was made possible by a donation of 200 thousand dollars from the US Ambassador in UK Walter X. Annenberg.
5 060 red, green and white temporary overlay markers were used by landscape artist and architect Claude Cormier to create the "Field of Poppies" installation devoted to Claude Monet (see above).
7 paintings by Monet were stolen from Kunsthale Museum in Rotterdam in 2012. Among them two works from Claude Monet's London Cycle of 1903 "Waterloo Bridge" and "Charing Cross Bridge". Most likely, the paintings were burned by thieves when the police went on their trail.
Title illustration: Claude Monet's flowers.
Author: Anna Sydelnykova