MONET: WATER LILIES - THE COMPLETE SERIES

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Monet, the father of French impressionist painting, devoted twenty-five years to a series of paintings of the water lilies that floated in the pond of his lavish garden in Giverny. This volume is dedicated to those paintings, and opens with a biograp...

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MONET: WATER LILIES - THE COMPLETE SERIES

Monet, the father of French impressionist painting, devoted twenty-five years to a series of paintings of the water lilies that floated in the pond of his lavish garden in Giverny. This volume is dedicated to those paintings, and opens with a biography of Monet that links the artist's childhood passion for nature and for drawing to his later fascination with light. Monet's experiments with how to best capture light and its effect on the sky and on water at different times of the day include paintings such as Impression, Sunrise (1872), which inspired the name of the impressionist movement. A critical text analyses Monet's ingenuity, audacity, and modernity, as well as his influence on other artists, from Zao Wou-ki to Music to Shirley Goldfarb. This definitive catalogue is completed by 210 color reproductions of the water lily paintings with annotated captions, period shots of Giverny by photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, and rare documents including Monet's personal letters to his optometrist regarding h

About the Author

Jean-Dominique Rey, art historian and writer, has curated numerous exhibitions and published several books, essays, and memoirs. The late Denis Rouart was an art historian and former curator of the Mus?e des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, France. He contributed to numerous catalogues on Impressionist painters.

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