When Claude Monet, one of the founders of the Impressionist movement, was a teenager he was devoted to caricature portraits. In 1845 the young Claude Oscar Monet moved with his family to Le Havre. He started selling his caricatures for ten or twenty francs to the people in the street. He signed his charcoals “Oscar Monet”.
Hard to believe? Read his own words.
Who would have thought? But looking more closely what is Impressionism if not the attempt to capture an instant , a singular moment in time on the canvas: the impression indeed and not necessarily the reality of nature by blurring the edges and exagerrating lights and colours? So does a caricature portrait that seeks the impression of a person maintaing the resemblance while exaggerating disproportionately some focal elements. Both techniques achieve a realistic effect yet surreal. Monet Impressionism is nothing but a masterful caricature of nature.