Monet's Influence During His Time
Although Monet's radical style of painting was criticized by many Europeans during his time, Monet's art served as a great inspiration and influence on new revolutionary artists at that time like Van Gogh and Bernard. In fact, the term "impressionism" is actually derived from the title of his painting, Impression, soleil levant. In addition, his revolutionary and abstract artworks were particularly embraced by the Americans during his time. His style of impressionism painting was adopted by many American artists later, and his method soon became an element in American Modern art.
Monet's Influence Now
Monet's impressionism became popular across the world since the late 20th century. With his works shown in tour exhibitions and displayed in museums, Monet gained the reputation as "one of the most significant and popular figures in the modern Western painting tradition". Although Monet was trained as a 19th-century realist, it became accepted by the world that he was indeed a genius who helped pioneer the 20th-century belief of fundamental subjective vision and modern art. His water lily garden in Giverny is also being visited by more than 500 000 visitors each year during the seven months that it is open. "Everyday Visitors walk on the side alleys and can walk all around the garden to admire all its perspectives".