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However, income aside, it would be misleading to forget how non-conformist Monet was for his times: he fathered his first child out of wedlock, avoided wartime military responsibilities, setup a household (after the death of his first wife) with a married woman and disavowed religion to say nothing of his revolutionary approach to painting which left the 20th century a lasting legacy." (1) Monet was born on November 14, 1840 on the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte, in the ninth of Paris.He was the second son of Claude-Adolphe and Louise-Justine Aubrée Monet, both, second-generation Parisians.The pages of this larger album were of different colors, a common feature of the commercially sold sketchbooks of the time.The paper colors were primarily ivory, gray, warm gray and buff.Perhaps the musical inclinations of his mother had had played a part of the aesthetic background of Monet's childhood. In these early years he executed pencil sketches of sailing ships, which were almost technical in their clear descriptiveness.A document detailing this activity emerged recently with the discovery of a book-length journal that had belonged to Théophile Beguin Billecocq, a friend of the Monet family who was himself an amateur draftsman.
The sketchbook is an important record of Monet’s artistic development.
Later on he was far more affluent, partly because of the high prices his work commanded, partly because - not what you might expect of a misty, nature-loving Impressionist, this - he played the stock exchange.
If Monet talked a lot about money, it was, in the words of the biographer Spate, because he was "obsessed by it, chronically mean but a huge spender, and even when he was very rich, irrationally fearful of losing everything".
The sea thus became the constant background of his whole childhood, and he spent more time roaming the beaches than in the schoolroom. Never, even as a child, could I be made to obey a set rule. School was always like a prison to me, I could never bring myself to stay there, even four hours a day, when the sun was shining and the sea was so tempting, and it was such fun scrambling over cliffs and paddling in the shallows.
Such, to the great despair of my parents, was the unruly but healthy life I lived until I was fourteen or fifteen.