The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings

Overview

Claude Monet (1840–1926) is one of the best-known and most beloved painters in the history of art, with myriad publications and exhibitions devoted to his oeuvre. And yet there remains a previously undiscovered aspect of his career: his surprisingly significant role as a draftsman. This book is the first to focus on Monet’s pastels, drawings, and sketchbooks, offering a revolutionary new interpretation of the artist’s life and work.
Monet has long been seen as an anti-draftsman,...

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Overview

Claude Monet (1840–1926) is one of the best-known and most beloved painters in the history of art, with myriad publications and exhibitions devoted to his oeuvre. And yet there remains a previously undiscovered aspect of his career: his surprisingly significant role as a draftsman. This book is the first to focus on Monet’s pastels, drawings, and sketchbooks, offering a revolutionary new interpretation of the artist’s life and work.
Monet has long been seen as an anti-draftsman, an artist who painted his subjects directly and whose rarely seen graphic works were marginal to his artistic process. In an effort to develop his public image, Monet denied the role of drawing in his working method. In actuality, Monet began his career as a caricaturist and as a teenager developed a passion for drawing that was never extinguished. He went on to master the medium of pastel and included seven in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.
Citing recently discovered, unpublished documents that overturn the accepted image of the artist, The Unknown Monet reveals an extensive group of graphic works created over the course of the artist’s career, many of which are unknown to the general public and to scholars: beautiful pastels, stunning black chalk drawings, and fascinating sketchbooks, which include pencil studies that relate to many of his paintings. The book also shows how Monet exploited the print media to promote his art.
The most important publication on Monet to appear in a generation, this illuminating volume is essential to anyone interested in his work, Impressionism, and nineteenth-century French culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300118629
  • Publisher: Clark, Sterling & Francine Art Institute
  • Publication date: 4/26/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,158,345
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Ganz is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He is the coauthor of The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings and Goltzius and the Third Dimension, also available from Yale University Press.

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