谈到印象派，我们必须知道克劳德·莫奈。莫奈是法国印象派绘画的创始人，也是在从自然界中优先表达自己观念的这一个独特的艺术与运动中，最坚持和最多产的实践者，特别是他在户外山水风景画中的杰出表现。 The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
其实，“印象派”一词源自莫奈的作品“印象，日出”。该作品是莫奈和他的同事们在巴黎沙龙举办的第一次独立展览中首次展出。 Taking about Monet, we must talk about his house and garden in Giverny in France that sits on the "right bank" of the River Seine where the river Epte meets the Seine. The village lies 80 km (50 mi) from Paris.
莫奈记录法国农村美丽风景的野心，让他醉心创造出一种独特的画风，那就是反复画同一处场景，但却捕捉光线的不同变化，和四季的变迁，来惟妙惟肖地描绘不同时节下的极致美景。 Monet love his garden where he began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.