Claude Monet (1840-1926) spent most of his career painting his own spontaneous impression of nature. He gave the title of Impressionism to the school of art he created together with Manet, Renoir, Pissaro, Caillebotte and Sisley. Paul Cezanne paid him the most telling compliment: Monet is an eye, the most wonderful eye since there have been artists.
Matthias Arnold was born 1947 in Kassel, Germany. He studied history of art and classical archaeology in Gottingen, Marburg and Heidelberg. He gained his PhD from the University of Heidelberg, having written his thesis on Vincent van Gogh. Has written extensively on impressionist artists, such as the main essay in the catalogue of the 1985 Henri Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.