Claude Monet was a late 19th and early 20th century French artist, and the founder of the Impressionism movement. Monet showed his early paintings at the Salon, an art show in Paris, but soon grew frustrated with the selection process. In 1872 he founded his own art show, the Société Anonyme des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs, and Graveurs. The Society’s 1874 exhibition featured paintings done by Monet, and other artists who had been inspired by him, in a distinctive style with bold colors and short brushstrokes. Critics insultingly called the style “Impressionism”, but the name stuck and the style caught on, becoming a fully fledged movement. Monet is credited with inspiring hundreds of artists, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.