It took many
long difficult years for Monet to find success as an artist. As
with all the Impressionists of the time, the Salons did not want
to buy or sell his paintings. To overcome this problem. In 1874
Monet and some other artists held an independent exhibition, hoping
to break the power of the Salons. Gradually, though, Monet began
to achieve greater success as an artist. He was commissioned to
do numbers of paintings, and the money he made he used to buy
new homes and even farms. By the 1900s, even a simple painting
of two haystacks in a field could make a lot of money for him.
Towards the later part of his life, Monet began to paint one of
his favourite, and best-known, subjects - waterlilies.
As a person,
Monet was strong-willed, always doing what he wanted to do - even
if that meant arguing with his family, or even those he wanted
to borrow money from! He was very conscious of money, especially
the money his artworks could bring him. It is said he often put
Sold signs on some of his paintings, to make it appear that they
were very popular and selling well! By doing this, he hoped to
drive up the price and make customers think they should hurry
and buy a painting before they all disappeared.