Monet

Monet

by Christoph Heinrich
     
 

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Prince of the Impressionists: Capturing the ever-changing face of reality

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

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Prince of the Impressionists: Capturing the ever-changing face of reality

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 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:
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

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Booknews
A water lilies cover, 91 color plates, several b&w photographs, and a chronology embellish this lucid introduction to the man and his art. As C<'e>zanne's back cover quote says of Monet: "He was only an eye<-->but what an eye!" Chapter titles include: making the Salon, the world as a month of Sundays, working in a series, different countries and different lights, and the garden at Giverny. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789707180970
Publisher:
Advanced Marketing, S. de R. L. de C. V.
Publication date:
11/05/2003
Series:
Artistas serie menor
Edition description:
Spanish Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Christoph Heinrich studied art history, theater, and German in Vienna and Munich, receiving his doctorate for his work on the changing concept of the monument in contemporary art. Since 1994, he has been employed at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, where he was appointed curator of the Galerie der Gegenwart in 1997. He is the author of numerous writings, and has organzied many exhibits on 20th-century and contemporary art.

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