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Monet by Himself
     

Monet by Himself

by Richard Kendall (Editor), Bridget Stevens Romer (Translator)
 

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This volume on the life and work of Claude Monet is quite unlike any other book on this popular artist. For the first time a collection of Monet's own letters have been translated and brought together with a large selection of his paintings, pastels and drawings. There are letters to fellow artists and youthful friends, long affectionate letters to family and loved

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This volume on the life and work of Claude Monet is quite unlike any other book on this popular artist. For the first time a collection of Monet's own letters have been translated and brought together with a large selection of his paintings, pastels and drawings. There are letters to fellow artists and youthful friends, long affectionate letters to family and loved ones and begging letters in times of hardship. We read of Monet's persistence in money matters, his long negotiations with picture-dealers and collectors, his frustrations and successes while on painting expeditions to Italy, Brittany and Norway, and his experience of solitude, illness and bereavement in later life. Monet emerges from the correspondence as a more troubled and complex individual than his sun-filled canvases might suggest. Alongside the artist's letters are many superb color reproductions — one of the largest collections of color plates of his paintings ever brought together in a single volume. These accompany the text and enable the reader to follow the young artist through his first encounters with the Parisian art scene, his days as a commanding presence in the Impressionist movement and the final chapter of his life when he produced some of his most ambitious and colorful work at Giverny.

Richard Kendall is a professional art historian, teacher and painter specializing in nineteenth-century French painting. Other publications include Degas 1834-1984, marking the artist's 150th anniversary, The Impressionist Revolution (contributor), and C�zanne by Himself and Degas by Himself.

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Through new translations of letters to family, friends, fellow artists, business associates, and collectors, Monet reveals himself in many differing moods and circumstances. Letters to his companion and eventually second wife, Alice Hoschede, report on the successes and failures of his painting expeditions, which took him away from home for months at a time. Throughout, he reveals his work methods and his joy when he succeeds in capturing a certain quality of light or color. His letters are also filled with his frequent financial woes, forcing him to request assistance from his friends and dealers again and again. An introductory biography and brief essays at the beginning of each chronological division place the letters in context. The letters are enriched by over 200 superb color reproductions. A sumptuous book of value for high school students as well as graduate students and scholars.-- Lynell A. Morr, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Lib., Sarasota, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760755617
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.97(d)

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