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Monet's Landscapes by Vivian Russell, Claude Monet

In this new study of Claude Monet's landscape paintings and the terrain that inspired him, award-winning author and photographer Vivian Russell retraces Monet's footsteps to explore the vitality of nature both in reality and in Monet's art.

Following in Monet's footsteps, Vivian Russell will photograph the landscape around his favorite painting spots to capture the beauty and the moods reflected in nearly forty of his most lovely landscape works. His windswept skies, towering poplars, vertiginous cliffs and cityscapes � are were fleeting moments captured in luminous paint and, created with breathless speed, they expressed the vitality of nature and the elements. favorite painting haunts, many of which remain unchanged: the river Creuse, the coasts of France, Antibes, Etretat, Belle Isle, near his home (haystacks, poplars), and his expeditions further afield to Holland, Norway, Venice, and London. Russell's photographs, taken during the appropriate seasons, capture the spirit and excitement of the locations and convey the visual drama of Monet's motifs. These are supported by a text that tells the stories behind each location—how Monet came to be there, the personal circumstances surrounding his travels, what excited him about the "motif," as he called it, where he stayed/lived, his thoughts, struggles, and aims. Excerpts from his letters to his wife, Alice, as well as his later recollections and those of his friends, bring these days to life. To reflect the evolution of Monet's art, the book is structured by motif.

With its rich mix of art, photography, and words that reveal the inner workings and private feelings of this most celebrated painter of nature, Monet's Landscapes gives a fresh vision of Monet's life and work. As in her award-winning Monet's Garden, Vivian Russell's sensibility as a writer and her expertise as a photographer combine to make this book as enlightening as we have come to expect from this talented author and photographer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821226728
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 10.48(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

Table of Contents

Preface6
Etretat8
Bordighera18
Etretat Revisited38
Holland52
Belle Isle60
Antibes74
The Creuse86
Giverny100
Rouen112
Norway122
Venice140
Bibliography156
Index156
Acknowledgments160

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