How did Claude Monet's lifestyle reflect and challenge bourgeois notions of propriety?
Well, Monet did not follow a "respectable" path to becoming an artist, for one thing. He did not want to attend a standard art school, which might have fed him into a conventional "academic" art career, and when the official art world rejected the style that he and his friends were pursuing, they simply went their own way and exhibited independently. Not only the styles they used, but also the subjects they were examining were often considered inappropriate and sometimes indecorous, though Monet was not accused of this to the extent that, say, Manet was.
In addition, Monet and his model Camille had their first child before they married, something quite scandalous at the time though less so within avant-garde artistic circles.
However, I think you need to read biographies of Monet, online and in books. I've given you one site below:
where can i find detailed information on a painting by claude monet?
Your best bet is to either contact an art historian or go to your local library and try to find a book on his specific works. This will be a difficult painting to find information on because it is not as well known.
Is there a book containing the complete works of Claude Monet?
I'm sure it doesn't have ALL of Claude Monet's paintings, but http://www.eastonpressbooks.com/leather/product.asp?code=1239 Easton press has a 448 page coffee table book of paintings by him. Their books are beautiful AND expensive!
Amazon http://amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/102-8687713-2087336?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=claude+monet%27s+pictures&x=0&y=0 has a bunch of books with selected works by Claude Monet.
How do you know if you have a reproduction of a claude monet painting?
Is it an actual painting, or is it a print on paper? Of course, it is not one of the original paintings by Monet (he painted 3 different versions of water lillies). The originals are (1) hanging in the home of a private collector (2) in the Art Institue of Chicago, and (3) in Orangerie, Paris.
You can look very closely at the piece to determine if it is a printed paper made to look like a painting on canvas, or an actual canvas with paint on it. If you do have a canvas with paint on it, it may be worth around $150 - see this website where oil reproductions are sold: http://globalwholesaleart.com/index.php?artists_id=59
What art media and techniques is Claude Monet known to have used?
Monet painted landscapes, cityscapes (only a few of those, though) and people. He seemed to particularly enjoy painting women and landscapes.
He was an impressionist and painted mainly with oil paints and canvas, using very characteristic small strokes and dabs of paint. Many of his paintings transmit a tranquil, soft feeling to the beholder because of this. He generally didn't use strongly contrasting colors or very strong colors, either. (but he did use the latter occasionally).
Yes, it was oil on canvas.
Here are the details from the North Carolina Museum of Art where the painting is on display.
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists, 1897
Oil on canvas, 35 x 36 in. (88.9 x 91.4 cm.)
Purchased with funds from the North Carolina Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest) and the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation, 75.24.1
The Morning on the Seine series is different from the exuberant Impression of his sunset from Etretat; here the color range is more limited and the brushwork is thinner and softer, creating a more subtle texture. This version shows the view early enough in the morning for the fog to obscure detail and color. Versions painted later in the day have more intense green or lavender tones and more distinctly visible trees. The effect is of calm and quiet, appropriate for the subject and for the mood of the artist at that time in his life.