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Monet: The Restless Vision

Art & Design , Entertainment
Hardback Published on: 12/10/2023
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Monet
A biography worthy of one of the greatest painters!
This book is a masterpiece and one of the best biographies I have ever had the pleasure of reading. As I grow older, I appreciate both Impressionism and Mo... READ MORE
Sam E
Monet
Beautiful
A beautifully written account of the man behind some of the most famous paintings in art. This book has given me a new appreciation for the impressionists!... READ MORE
Eleanor

Synopsis

A magnificent new biography of the founder of Impressionism. In the course of a long and exceptionally creative life, Claude Monet revolutionized painting and made some of the most iconic images in western art. Misunderstood and mocked at the beginning of his career, he risked everything to pursue his original vision. Although close to starvation when he invented impressionism on the banks of the Seine in the 1860s-70s, in the following decades he emerged as the powerful leader of the new painting in Paris at one of its most exciting cultural moments. His symphonic series Haystacks, Poplars, and Rouen Cathedral brought wealth and renown. Then he withdrew to paint only the pond in his garden. The late Water Lilies, ignored during his lifetime, are now celebrated as pioneers of twentieth century modernism. Behind this great and famous artist is a volatile, voracious, nervous yet reckless man, largely unknown. Jackie Wullschlager's enthralling biography, based on thousands of never-before translated letters and unpublished sources, is the first account of Monet's turbulent private life and how it determined his expressive, sensuous, sensational painting. He was as obsessional in his love affairs as in his love of nature, and changed his art decisively three times when the woman at the centre of his life changed. Enduring devastating bereavements, he pushed the frontier of painting inward, to evoke memory and the passing of time. His work also responded intensely to outside cataclysms - the Dreyfus Affair, the First World War. Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau was his closest friend. Rich intellectual currents connected him to writers from Zola to Proust; affection and rivalry to Renoir, Pissarro and Manet. Monet said he was driven 'wild with the need to put down what I experience'. This rich and moving biography immerses us in that passionate experience, transforming our understanding of the man, his paintings and the fullness of his achievement.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241188309
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Weight: 1060g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 156 x 42 mm

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Monet
A captivating account of Monet's life
Jackie Wullschlager masterfully brings to life the man behind the iconic Water Lilies. By placing Monet's art into its historical context, we are given ins... READ MORE
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Monet
Absolutely fascinating biography
Absolutely loved this Monet biography! It’s a deep dive into his fascinating life, set against the backdrop of 19th century France. The writing is highly e... READ MORE
Raphael Cannell
Monet
A thrilling read
A compelling and thoroughly enjoyable journey through Monet’s life and times. Fascinating to learn how the spirit of 19th century France and his relationsh... READ MORE
Evelina Gorbacova