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Claude Monet was born in Paris, France. Even as a young teenager it became apparent that he had artistic ability. He would draw caricatures of his teachers on his schoolwork. He began to charge people to draw their caricatures and was able to have a steady income and even save some money. He enjoyed painting outdoors observing how the light would change as the day progressed. He painted some scenes over and over again, and each would be different from the others because it was painted at a different time of day. Monet and several other artists were experimenting with a method of putting paint on the canvas without blending the colors. Monet called it the "division of colours". In 1874 the artists decided to have their own art show. More than 3,000 visitors came to the exhibit. The artists became known as "Impressionists" because Monet had titled one of his paintings " Impression - Sunrise ". The artists who presented the show called themselves "Independents". When Monet was fifty years old he bought some property in a village outside Paris. He made a water garden that included water lilies and a Japanese bridge. The latter part of his life was devoted to paintings made in his water garden. Toward the end of his life his eyesight became poor, but he continued to paint until his death.