Monet: Nature into Art

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John House's introduction to Monet's life and work presents a sequence of dazzling illustrations that chart the artist's progress as he became increasingly preoccupied with color and atmospheric effect, and the direct studies of nature gave way to paintings of greater richness and harmony, in which the play of varied colors replaced the conventional drawing and modeling of forms.

A beautifully illustrated analysis of the career of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. ...

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Overview

John House's introduction to Monet's life and work presents a sequence of dazzling illustrations that chart the artist's progress as he became increasingly preoccupied with color and atmospheric effect, and the direct studies of nature gave way to paintings of greater richness and harmony, in which the play of varied colors replaced the conventional drawing and modeling of forms.

A beautifully illustrated analysis of the career of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. 150 black-and-white illustrations and 110 color plates.

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Monet authority John House has produced a thoroughly detailed analysis of the artist's drive to express the essential quality of a natural scene. With hundreds of plates selected to illustrate the themes the author touches on, House discusses Monet's approach to composition, light, color, brushwork, and choosing subjects. Also included are thoughts on Monet's movement through and manipulation of the commercial art world of his day. The extensive bibliography and notes will be of special interest to serious students of Impressionism.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
House's thorough study of Monet's working methods reveals that the impressionist nature-poet searched in a calculating way for suitable subjects to paint, even relying on travel guides for leads. Though Monet liked to present himself as a solitary hermit, he dominated the Paris art world and kept in touch with writers and artists. For patrons and buyers he would turn out an occasional still life to make a quick sale, and some of these, like Chrysanthemums (1897), were masterpieces. This handsomely illustrated monograph argues that Monet's preoccupation was capturing a scene's essential unifying atmosphere. In quest of this elusive goal, the artist would rework a canvas for months, whether outdoors or in his studio. House demonstrates that impressionism's apparent spontaneity belies its studious craftsmanship. (October 15)
Library Journal
Monet expert House's fine account of the artist's career not only enchances our knowledge of Monet but furthers our understanding of Impressionist painting as well. In focusing on the evolution of Monet's technique, work methods, and marketing strategy, he demonstrates how the resulting art was based on continual experimentation and careful planning. This well-illustrated study examines Monet's concern with effects of light and atmospheric harmonies and his changing approach to contemporary problems. Other topics discussed include choice of subjects and development of series, pictorial composition, surface, color brush work, open air versus studio painting, and attitudes to and practice in finish and exhibition. The color plates are excellent, the black-and-white vary. Recommended. Robin Kaplan, M.L.S., The Information Group, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300043617
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.66 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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