Item description for Claude Monet, 1840-1926 by Karin Sagner-Duechting...
Between the motif and the artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) was both the most typical and the most individual painter of Impressionism. His long life and extraordinary work capacity - coupled with a sometimes furious perfectionism--he dedicated to a pictorial exploration of the sensations which reality, and in particular landscape offer the human eye. But while Monet the painter was faithful and persevering in the pursuit of his motifs, his personal life - characterized by frequent travels and changes of location -- followed a more restless course. Parisian by birth, he discovered plein-air painting as a youth in the provinces and sought to defy his family's insistence upon an academic painter's training. For over half his life the artist was plagued by financial worries, which in part precipitated the frequent moves made by his expanding household. Two of his homes stand out above the rest. The first, Argenteuil, has come to represent the artistic flowering and official establishment of Impressionism as a movement, with Monet as its creative leader. But it was also Monet who, in his endeavour to capture the ever-changing face of reality, went beyond Impressionism and thereby beyond the confines of the self-contained panel painting. This step he took in the village of Giverny: here he painted the Poplars, Grain Stacks and Rouen Cathedral series in which he addressed one motif in constantly new variations. Here, too, Monet laid out the famous garden with its water lily pond which he was to paint on huge canvases well into the 1920s. He thereby sought to render not reality as objectively experienced, but rather that which takes place 'between the motif and the artist'. In their open, nolonger more than tenuously representational structure and impressive scale, his water lily paintings - created long before the currents of the contemporary avant-garde-point the way forward to the developments of the future.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.72" Width: 7.98" Height: 0.68" Weight: 1.98 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
ISBN 3822831913 ISBN13 9783822831915
Reviews - What do customers think about Claude Monet, 1840-1926?
Be careful. The editorial reviews are for a different book. Aug 17, 2008
The Editorial reviews for this book are not for the book being sold. They are for a book by Stuckey which has an entirely different ISBN number. Unfortunately, I bought this book based on those reviews. I do not know which book the Customer reviewers were looking at. I suspect the positive reviews are for the Stuckey book and the dismissive review is for the Taschen/Karin Sagner-Duchting book. While I would not be dismissive of this book, it is certainly written only for the general reader and is not the scholarly book described in the editorial reviews. Since that is what I wanted, I am disappointed.
Speaking to the Taschen book. It is fully illustrated, but the reproductions are a little dark and to the brown/orangey side. The text is adequate, but nothing new to anyone who knows Monet. To someone new to the subject it gives an overview of Monet's life and work.
Unfortunately, this site does not have an easy way for me to relay this page error to them. I don't want this book, but whose fault is it. I ordered the book that was reviewed. The seller sent the book that was listed.
this site's boo-boo.
UN LIBRO EXQUISITO!!! Jul 28, 2006
Un libro muy bien presentado. Empezando desde su cubierta suave pero firme y reforzada y terminando con las ilustraciones de exquisita calidad. La información es presentada en formato fácil de entender.
Good reading as well as viewing Jun 15, 2004
In addition to the pictures, the text on Money and his paintings is nicely written and enjoyable to read.
Outstanding book!! Aug 24, 1998
I loved this book! The pictures were wonderful and the readings that went with them were as well. Learned many things that I did not know about his artwork. VERY informative...give it a try, it would make a great gift book!
Little substance, fair reproductions Jun 12, 1998
Another book on the overblown impressionists. Little commentary and fair reproductions. A perfect book to put on your coffee table with your Renoir coasters. Souveneir book only.