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Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism

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Along with Turner, no artist has  sought more than Claude Monet (1840–1926) to capture light itself on  canvas. Of all the Impressionists, it was the man Cézanne called “only  an eye, but my God what an eye!” who stayed completely true to the  principle of absolute fidelity to the visual sensation, painting  directly from the object.

It could be said that Monet reinvented  the possibilities of color, and whether it was through his early  interest in Japanese prints, his time in the dazzling light of Algeria  as a conscript, or his personal acquaintance with the major painters of  the late 1800s, what Monet produced throughout his long life would  change forever the way we perceive both the natural world and its  attendant phenomena. The high point of his explorations were the late  series of water lilies, painted in his own garden at Giverny, that, in  their moves towards almost total formlessness, are really the origin of  abstract art.

This biography does full justice to this most  remarkable and profoundly influential of artists, and offers numerous  reproductions and archive photos alongside a detailed and insightful  commentary.


  • Publisher :  TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (October 31, 2010) 
  • Language: :  English 
  • Hardcover :  480 pages 
  • Dimensions :  9.7 x 1.5 x 12.6 inches