Claude Monet was the leader of a group of French artists called the “Impressionists”, which included such painters as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro. He took his early art lessons from the painter, Eugene Boudin, who encouraged Monet to start to paint outdoors. For the next 60 years Monet explored the effects of light on outdoor scenes. He was the first artist to let his initial impressions stand as completed works, rather than as “notes” done in preparation for work in the studio- hence the name “Impressionist”. Despite the financial failure of his first exhibit, the Impressionist movement continued to exhibit together until 1886. In 1883, he settled in Giverny, France and continued to paint and explore his fascination with light until his death on December 5, 1926.