Claude Monet was a French impressionist painter born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. He grew up in Le Havre, France where he studied art at the Académie Suisse. Monet was heavily influenced by the Barbizon school of painting and began to experiment with the impressionist style in the 1860s. He was a founding member of the Impressionist movement and became known for his series of paintings depicting the same subject at different times of day, such as his series of haystacks and water lilies. Monet died on December 5, 1926 in Giverny, France.