Claude Monet

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Gareth Stevens, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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The Lives of the Artists series retraces the lives of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the Western world. Each book focuses on the life and works of one artist and presents a selection of great works that illustrate the artist's development. Each volume also includes the story of the artist's personal life and highlights the important social and historical events of the time. Full-color photographic reproductions, detailed time lines, an explanatory glossary, and a comprehensive index make each title an indispensable part of any art library.
  

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Contents

Introduction
6
I Wartime
18
fl Series Paintings
32
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Claude Monet was probably the greatest painter of the impressionist group and, throughout his long life, its most unswerving representative. He was devoted to the representation of visual impressions, of light and color, rather than sharp forms in dramatic compositions. He spent little time studying the old masters, but he worked with Courbet, admired Manet, and was aware of Turner and of Japanese art. He lived much of his life in poverty, becoming known only gradually. He liked to paint series---or variations---on the same theme, like the Poplars, the Haystacks, and Rouen Cathedral. In 1883 Monet settled at Giverny, where he made himself an elaborate garden. He spent the rest of his life there, and it was there that he painted---again and again---his famous Waterlilies. The almost abstract patterns of his late works, completed as blindness was setting in, anticipate abstract expressionism.

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