Why did Claude Monet paint?

Claude Monet was born in Paris, November 14, 1840. As a schoolboy, he drew caricatures of sailors, and Parisians. His drawings showed such talent, that a local art shop owner displayed them in his windows. These drawings caught the attention of the famous artist, Eugene Boudin, who asked Monet to paint with him on the beach. It was after this encounter that Monet decided to become a painter.

Koja, Stephan, and Miksovsky, Katja. Claude Monet: the Magician of Colour. Munich, Germany. Prestel Verlag, 2007.