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Claude Monet: 1840-1926 (Big Art Series)
In this volume from the Pegasus Library series on art and artists, the last major period in Claude Monet's career is analyzed. Having finally earned the money and gained the respect he sought in his early days as a struggling painter, Claude Monet designed and built the home and gardens in the village on the Seine that would be the site of the famous "Grain Stacks" and "Wa ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Taschen
(first published June 1st 1994)
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This is a far more prosaic book than Richardson's -- in fact, it is quite poorly written -- that traces the (rather pedestrian) biography of Claude Monet, adding some (but not very extensive or overly sensitive) commentary on his art. Still, this book contains beautifully produced large-format color prints at a very cheap price (about $10), and for that reason, it offers a fine introduction and collection of Monet's beautiful paintings. The series is called Taschen Basic Art:
"Monet" by Karin Sagner-Duchting. Basically, a journey through Claude Monet's life and paintings. Part biography, part art textbook. Surprisingly easy and quick to read, for somebody with a non-art background. I have seen several of Monet's paintings first hand, and I have even bought a print or two, but was not aware of his background and story. Interesting to read about the conviction of his ideas, a struggling artist's trade offs between art and commerce. and the real discipline and hard work ...more