As a protest against the conventional, hidebound 19th-century French art establishment, a group of renegade artists led by Claude Monet and his friends exhibited some of their canvases at a friend's gallery in Paris in the spring of 1874. Although many critics were outraged by these "subversive'' paintings, the Impressionist movement, as it came to be called, gathered steam in France and around the world and grew to become the defining artistic force of the day. And, as for Monet, he lived to triumph over his critics, becoming a success in his own time and profoundly influencing the direction of art well into the next century.
So closely connected have Claude Monet and Impressionism become in the public eye that the artist's story can truly be said to capture the spirit of an entire era. In this eminently readable book, Impressionist scholar Daniel Wildenstein brings together episodes from Monet's life to create a monumental biography, not only of an exceptional artist, but also of the groundbreaking movement he led and inspired. Illustrated with color reproductions and black-and-white photographs. 9 1/2" x 12 1/2".