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Monet: The Early Years

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The first comprehensive examination of the painter’s formative years, tracing the evolution of Monet’s early style and personal ambitions that drove the rest of his career

This elegant volume is the first to be devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet (1840–1926). Bringing together the greatest paintings from his early career—including his first Salon-exhibited work, th
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Kimbell Art Museum (first published November 2016)
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Lisa Vegan
I saw the exhibit at San Francisco's Legion of Honor FAMSF several times and wish I’d gone even more often. This is an excellent exhibit catalog. Every painting from the exhibit is in the book, along with other paintings not included at the museum, and it also has lots of text, much more than is in the exhibit itself.

I read this over a long period of time. When I first got it I was thrilled and loved it. I still do and I will continue to enjoy its art but I admit that now that the exhibit is clo
Roman Clodia
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Much more than just an exhibition catalogue, this is an exploration of Monet's early works and praxis of painting illuminated by a set of richly-accented scholarly essays.

I especially enjoyed the critical analysis offered which places Monet's paintings into a network of dialogues, not just with other artistic works but also with contemporary literary texts - what literary scholars would call intertexts or a regime of intertextuality.

There are lavish illustrations and reproductions throughout,
Joel Robert Ballard
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-music
"In November of 1872, from a hotel room on the port Le Havre, Monet paints an extraordinary defused picture of the rising sun, in which quickly brushed in mists of thinned blue paint suggest a moody overall background of water and sky, accented and given special depth by the addition of dark shadows and bright red reflections in the painters characteristic horizontal strokes. Eighteen months later, he will include the painting as part of his submission to the exhibition he organizes with a group ...more
Wayne McCoy
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
'Monet The Early Years' by George T.M. Shackelford with essays by Anthea Callen, Mary Dailey Desmarais, Richard Shiff, and Richard Thomson is the companion catalog for an exhibit of works by Monet that was at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco during late 2016 to mid-2017.

The essays in this book talk about the early techniques that Monet used. There is one devoted to the light used in Luncheon on the Grass. There is one that talks about compositional techniques. Mo
January Gray
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and well put together. This book is a treasure.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
In preparation for leading a group of French language students through an exhibit of the same name, I studied this catalog of paintings and the accompanying text about the artist's first decade of productivity. The information on his life illuminated many of the paintings collected here. I was surprised to discover how many of his best known works were actually painted before the Impressionists began to show together. Monet's facility with light and shadow set the tone for the entire Impressioni ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive and in-depth exploration of Monet’s early work, this book is a delight. Far more than an exhibition catalogue, it is an illuminating study of the artist, with many high-quality reproductions, and is a volume that will be enjoyed by all art lovers.
William West
This was a little different from the usual, countless, Monet exhibits one encounters. The vast majority of the works displayed are from the years prior to the painter's move to Argenteuil, the show concluding with a few paintings made immediately after the family's move to the hamlet north of Paris.

The highlights for me were clearly "The Red Kerchief", a stunning pov of the painter looking up and seeing his forlorn looking wife through a window, and "The Magpie," a winter landscape in which Mon
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great source of information for everyone who wants to know more about Monet and his life. Plus, you also get to see a lot of Monet’s paintings, since the book is filled with great pictures of Monet’s works.

It was a different experience for me to read this book. I mostly read fiction, and it’s different when you read a novel than when you read a history book about a real person – it took me longer than usual to finish this book. Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to read it, and I enj
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a art lover but I enjoy this book so much! Very interesting and well written.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fabulous book, far more than a mere exhibition catalogue. The book follows Monet's work as he developed his art. Surprisingly, in his youth, he mostly drew caricatures. His family was initially unsupportive of his aspirations of being an artist. It was only after Eugène Boudin took him under his wing that he began to paint and embrace landscape work. Subsequent exposure to art of the Barbizon School (Corot, Millet, et
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into Claude Monet's early life and how he "Discovered" his style. Excellent pictures of not only his works but those of his contemporaries given to compare and contrast.

If you are looking for something showing the waterlilies and other works from his time in Giverny - this is not that book.
Alexia Polasky
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgallet and Yale University Press for the ARC!
I believe this is the most comprehensive book on Monet's life and work. Ful review on my blog.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
When most people think of Monet, they think of his later paintings of lilies. This catalogue follows Monet's development as an artist and presents many of his early works, some of which may be unfamiliar to readers but still carry a recognizable trace of his style.
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