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Eager to wrestle with the difficult and embrace the unpredictable, Claude Monet was one of the most inventive and courageous artists of all time. Beginning in the 1860s, Monet and his fellow Impressionists developed a revolutionary new style as they strove to capture their direct visual experiences of the natural world. When Impressionism became widely accepted and imitates in the 1880s and 1890s, many of Monet’s colleagues turned away from it. But Monet continued to work resolutely–and successfully—to expand the scope of Impressionism and maintain his own position as a leading exponent of modern art.