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Claude Monet is widely celebrated for his impressionist paintings of water lilies, haystacks, and a great deal more. The aim of this catalog, which accompanies a traveling exhibition that appears at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts this summer, is to illuminate Monet's less-well-known and understudied pastels, drawings, and sketchbooks-and here is where its importance lies. This is one of the first in-depth studies of the role draftsmanship played in Monet's extraordinary artistic career. Images of pastels, paintings, and drawings (74 b&w, 223 color) by Monet and others grace almost every page. Authors Ganz and Kendall, both curators at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, have taken great care in documenting and explaining their sources so that the result is an excellent work of scholarship. Additionally, the text is well written, making this substantial tome an easy and interesting read for scholars and lay readers alike, not to mention a delight to regard. Recommended.
—Jennifer H. Pollock