Monet (Basic Art Series 2.0)

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Hailed the “Prince of the  Impressionists”, Claude Monet (1840-1926) transformed expectations for the purpose of paint on canvas. Defying the precedent of centuries, Monet did not seek to render only reality, but the act of perception  itself. Working “en plein air” with rapid, impetuous brush strokes, he  interrogated the play of light on the hues, patterns, and contours and  the way in which these visual impressions fall upon the eye.

Monet's  interest in this space “between the motif and the artist” encompassed  too the ephemeral nature of each image we see. In his beloved water lily  series, as well as in paintings of poplars, grain stacks, and the Rouen  cathedral, he returned to the same motif in different seasons, different weather conditions, and at different times of the day, to  explore the constant mutability of our visual environment.

This  book offers the essential introduction to an artist whose works  simultaneously reflected upon the purpose of a picture and the passage  of time, and in so doing transformed irrevocably the story of art.

About the series

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions


  • Publisher :  TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (October 7, 2015) 
  • Language: :  English 
  • Hardcover :  96 pages 
  • Dimensions :  8.5 x 0.47 x 10.47 inches