Usually some aspects of an artist is known and others are forgotten. Claude Monet is known for portraying the nympheas, or water lilies, and for painting the Rouen Cathedral in different times of the day which gave him different lights that colored and formed new shapes of the cathedral. Also because he was a little bit weird, authored the painting that gave the title "Impressionism" to the group and did some works of women in the garden and... some other facts.
I believe that for fully appreciating and understanding an artist seeing his works is the key.
When I say to myself "I don't believe it is a -name of the artist-" I have some seconds of pure joy.
right: Apples and Grapes, 1880.
left: Set of Tea, 1877, by Claude Monet