Monet: The Triumph of Impressionism

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No other artist, apart from J. M.  W. Turner, tried as hard as 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 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. Whether it was through his early interest in Japanese prints, his time as a conscript in the dazzling light of Algeria, or his personal acquaintance with the major painters of the late 19th century, the work 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 was the late series of water lilies, painted in his own garden at Giverny, which, in their approach toward almost total formlessness, are really the origin  of abstract art.

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

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  • Publisher :  TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (May 17, 2014) 
  • Language: :  English 
  • Hardcover :  616 pages 
  • Dimensions :  5.87 x 1.69 x 8.03 inches