“At night I am obsessed with what I am striving to achieve. In the morning I get up broken by fatigue. The dawn gives me courage, but my anxiety rushes back as soon as I set foot into the studio. How difficult it is to paint… It really is torture.” – Claude Monet
Tonight I give a lecture on Claude Monet, the Godfather of Impressionism. His ethereal paintings and floating water-lilies are a metaphor of a profound change in the mindset of artists towards the 1870s, and his work ‘Impression: Sunrise’ would lend its name to the whole movement that would exhibit its works over 12 years (1874-1886).