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Claude Monet
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Claude Monet : Life and Art
(Paul Hayes Tucker )
This lavishly illustrated book presents the first complete overview of the life, art, and times of the quintessential Impressionist. Tucker, one of our foremost authorities on Monet, offers a striking new view of the artist, showing him to be a far more complicated figure than previously acknowledged, fiercely competitive and ambitious, as well as sensitive and inventive.

Claude Monet: The Color of Time
(Virginia Spate)
Monet is one of the greatest Impressionists as well as being the most popular, yet books about him have concentrated either on aesthetic or on social aspects of his work without attempting a synthesis. Here Virginia Spate provides a full interpretation of Monet's paintings, examining the various ways in which they can be read; the tension between image and reality that energizes them; and the mysterious interactions between the work, its exhibition, promotion, and sale, and its reception both in public and in private. Based on a study of the artist's complete oeuvre, his surviving letters, and contemporary documentary material, this is the fullest account available of a complex and influential man whose style changed and evolved considerably during his long career. Monet's often neglected figure paintings, always of family or friends, are analyzed alongside his landscapes, which ranged from river scenes to steam-filled railway stations. Changes in his output in response to shifts in demand are linked to the new system of art dealers and to his financial situation. The France of Monet's youth and maturity is covered in depth, especially the traumatic legacy of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune; and his famous garden at Giverny is shown to be both a personal utopia and a vital part of his creative processes. This definitive treatment of a hugely important artist makes an indispensable contribution to the art history of Impressionism and the roots of modernism.

Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare
(Juliet Wilson Bareau )
Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare, which was published to accompany an exhibit of the same name at the Musée D'Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1998, is exceptionally well conceived. With the "Gare Saint-Lazare" as a centerpiece, writer Juliet Wilson-Bareau launches into a survey of the work of Claude Monet, who painted a group of canvases depicting the same neighborhood, and Gustave Caillebotte, whose two most important works portray the same area. She contrasts the artists' vantage points and finished pieces in order to compare their diverse perspectives of a similar scene and examines the symbolism of the steam train as harbinger of a new age. The book includes finely reproduced color images of the painters' work, albumen prints of the area taken during the era in which they were painted, bird's-eye maps of the station, and some contemporary photos of the area. It is a well informed and incisive assessment of both a seminal body of artwork and an important moment in Paris's cultural history.

Monet & Bazille : A Collaboration
(Kermit Swiler Champa, Dianne W. Pitman, David A. Brenneman (Editor) )
This catalog for a show at Atlanta's High Museum explores the synergy between two French painters, Claude Monet and Frederick Bazille. An introduction and two essays imply that, because of their shared working conditions and close relationship, the pair parallel Picasso and Braque. This may be stretching things a bit. In separate essays, Champa (art, Brown Univ.), Brenneman (a curator at the High Museum), and Dianne W. Pitman (an independent scholar) competently interpret early paintings, describe the painters' mode of working (en plein air), explore their experiences at Gleyre's cole, detail Bazille's financial independence and attendance at medical school, examine Monet's marriage to his model, and discuss their circle of friends, including Renoir. In the end, though, it seems less likely that the two were codependent than that Bazille was dependent on Monet. The book is well-illustrated with reproductions that are arranged carefully to match the text. Recommended for its unique perspective to large public library and museum collections.

Monet : Nature into Art
(John House )
A beautifully illustrated analysis of the career of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. 150 black-and-white illustrations and 110 color plates.

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