If Monet Cared About Criticism

If Monet Cared About Criticism

Are you a worrywart? Do you care what people think? Are you afraid to be bold? Are you an artist with an inventive idea?

If Claude Monet cared what people thought about his paintings, then we would not have impressionism.

He started the modern art movement in France and gave it its name. The famous works of his series of waterlilies are what he is well known for world-wide.

In 1874 impressionism was a rejected movement. It was disgraced and the public called Monet and his artist colleagues Renoir, Degas and Rodinmadmen.

Monet let go of the Early 1400 Italian liner perspective and three-dimensional modeling.

Impressionism captures light, air, movement, color. The broken brushwork allows the onlooker to fill in the dance of the artistic impression with there own imagination.

He didn’t care what people thought of him because he accepted the public criticism and called himself an impressionist and started a movement, exploring new ways of painting and opening up the artist’s mind and creative perspective.

1880–1890 Impressionism influenced painters such as Van GoghPaul Gauguin, and Mary Casset.

Monet is my inspiration. I used to obsess over what my peers and family thought of me. To the point where I would feel frozen, and I would reject my ideas before they had the opportunity to come to life.

If Monet cared what the critic called “impression” on that day after he showed one of his works at an art exhibition, then we would not have his famous sought after creative canvases.

Financial strain is what eventually pushed Monet to depression and he even tried to take his life in the Seine River, but with his family to take care of he eventually caught a break with one of his paintings of his wife Women in Green.

In 1870, Monet acquired his first art dealer when he went to London with his family. So much strain and artists struggle to find success finally came, but it was not an easy time: war, famine, and depression was a crucial factor to many artists who might have given up, dealt with depression or attempted suicide.

Monet’s message is this: you should not care what people think of you, your work, or your ideas.

“But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration — because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks … “ James Cameron

If artists such as Monet never came to be, I wonder if James Cameron, a director, and producer of artistic films if he would not have been?

Maybe we learn from our past fellow creators to help birth new creative expressions to allow an open mind to form filled with imaginative love.

It will not be easy to be bold, as when we read the struggles, Monet faced to achieve his success, he had to find ways to be brave despite his frustrations.

Be brave, create, and ignore contrary rejection or use the negative voice and call it your movement.

A critic called Monet’s work “Impression” as an insult to his creative birth, so Monet called it the Impressionism movement.

Impress yourself and others will soon be impressed by your creative innovations.


“Claude Monet Biography” The Biography.com website,
January 30, 2018, A&E Television Networks, (April 27, 2017)

Auricchio, Laura. “Claude Monet (1840–1926).” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cmon/hd_cmon.htm (October 2004)