Despite saying such a thing, it is obvious he has managed to accomplish much more than that. A new studio with a glass wall facing the garden was built for this purpose, and despite having cataracts one of which he had surgically removedMonet was able to move a portable easel around to different places within the studio to capture the ever-changing light and perspective of his water lilies.
As he said "I am good at only two things, and those are gardening and painting.
In the early s, he rented a room across from the Rouen Cathedral, in northwestern France, and painted a series of works focused on the structure. InMonet decided to move to Paris to pursue his art.
Returning to Paris, Monet studied with Charles Gleyre. He then turned his sights to Rouen Cathedral, making similar studies of the effects of changing mood, light, and atmosphere on its facade at different times of the day.
Biography of Claude Oscar Monet Early life Claude Monet also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet November 14, — December 5, was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.