Monet's Garden in Art

Monet's Garden in Art

Book - 2015 | Paperback edition.
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This book focuses on Monet's garden at Giverny as seen through his paintings, offering a revealing insight into the artist and his work.

Monet's garden was a private haven where domestic pleasure, artistic vision and aesthetic delight converged. It became as powerful a passion in his life as painting - he chose his planting schemes as carefully as he chose colours for his palette. It was also the inspiration for his art, and the subject of some of his greatest paintings.

Exploring his vision of the world of beauty he brought into being, Debra N. Mancoff shows how Monet's endeavours as a gardener were part of his identity as a painter and how his artistic vision drew strength from his passion for his garden.

Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers, 2015.
Edition: Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780711237810
Branch Call Number: 759.4 MANCOFF
Characteristics: 176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Monet, Claude 1840-1926. Works.


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Nov 15, 2017

I once saw one of Monet’s almost mural-sized “water lilies” paintings in a museum (in Tokyo) and was knocked out by how he’d made this simple, illusive subject into such an epic, eyeball-filling field of exquisite colors.

This fascinating book explains “how” this was done (though of course artistic genius is seldom possible to “explain”). Monet’s gardening is discussed (it was an intrinsic part of the artist’s vision, after all), as well as what previous art influenced him and the other Impressionists (it’s perhaps fitting that I saw the work in Tokyo, since Japanese ukiyo-e prints were a major source); as well as Monet's legacy: other art that he influenced, and the state of the garden today. The book is beautiful, with lots of reproductions (and some details of the brushwork) – though not, of course, the same as seeing the original paintings.


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