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Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny
     

Monet's Garden: Through the Seasons at Giverny

by Vivian Russell
 

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This behind-the-scenes exploration looks at the history of Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France, and links the world of Monet the artist with Monet the gardener. Four chapters trace the garden through the different seasons of the year, paying special attention to the atmosphere and light that so preoccupied Monet and became the focus of his life as a painter

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This behind-the-scenes exploration looks at the history of Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France, and links the world of Monet the artist with Monet the gardener. Four chapters trace the garden through the different seasons of the year, paying special attention to the atmosphere and light that so preoccupied Monet and became the focus of his life as a painter. Throughout, the work done by Giverny's present-day gardeners is analysed to reveal the practical techniques of maintaining the most-visited garden in the world.

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Library Journal
Being the first American museum to acquire a Monet and now possessing a significant Monet collection, the Art Institute of Chicago is, not surprisingly, currently presenting the largest, most comprehensive retrospective of the artist's works ever staged. Distinguished art scholar and curator Stuckey has brought together from public and private collections worldwide works that represent every facet of the Impressionist painter's long career. In his introductory essay for this exhibition catalog, Stuckey points out gaps that exist in Monet scholarship, especially from the mid-1880s to the artist's death in 1926. A detailed, 71-page chronology including images of works by Monet's contemporaries, key Monet works not in the exhibition, and historical photographs underscores Monet's profound influence on modern art as well as art of the previous century. Above all, readers will luxuriate in the 161 magnificent full-color plates. Popular garden author Russell (Gardens of the Riviera, Rizzoli, 1994) highlights Monet's year-round horticultural talents and provides an ideal companion volume to the exhibition catalog. She traces Monet's purchase of the now-famous apple orchard site, his meticulous plans to convert Giverny to a natural, informal garden, and the recent, spectacular restoration. The nurseries from which Monet ordered water lilies and peonies, his "paintbox beds" for experimenting with colors, friendships with fellow gardeners Caillebotte and Clemenceau, and lively details of the day-to-day monumental maintenance chores combine with sumptuous color photographs of the restored garden, reproductions of paintings, and historical photographs to create a delightful publication. Monet's genius for using the garden as his canvas and immortalizing Giverny in impressionistic masterpieces is richly conveyed. Both volumes are highly recommended.Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
Alice Joyce
A great-aunt who lived in Normandy first introduced Russell to French village life and the joys of gardening. That deeply personal bond continues to this day, with Russell's own residence in the country's southernmost region serving to connect her with the world of French horticulture. Although her previous book, "Gardens of the Riviera", was a survey of that region's notable landscapes, here Russell effectively describes the development of one exceptional garden and the passionate urges behind its creation. Beautifully told and illustrated, this homage to Claude Monet's magical Giverny captures the extravagant sensuality and seamless aesthetic principles that governed all aspects of the impressionist artist's life and work. As befits one of the world's renowned gardens, a wealth of colorplates documents the garden in its present, restored glory, and also depicts Monet's later work--canvases inspired by Giverny's now famous water garden and flower beds and borders.
From the Publisher

“Russell’s talent as a writer is equalled by her skill as a photographer, providing us with a feast of beautiful images [...] she captures brilliantly and precisely, in images and in words, the atmosphere that makes Monet’s garden unique.” - Gardens Illustrated

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711209886
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
10.04(w) x 10.76(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

VIVIAN RUSSELL is a writer and photographer. She has written three other books on Monet - Monet's Landscapes, Monet's Waterlilies, and Planting Schemes for Monet's Garden. The original edition of Monet's Garden, published by Frances Lincoln in 1995, was awarded Book of the Year by the Garden Writer's Guild. She lives in Cumbria.

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