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MONET'S TREES: PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY CLAUDE MONET. Ralph Skea. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 2015. Published in the U.S.A. by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York. 112 pp. with 84 ills. (82 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2015-932493 ISBN 9780500239407 In English.
Publisher's description: I perhaps owe it to flowers, wrote Claude Monet (1840 1926), that I became a painter. His fascination with trees, while perhaps of equal intensity, is less well-documented. One of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement and perhaps the most celebrated landscape painter of his age, Monet dedicated his life to capturing the subtleties of the natural world. Trees willows enveloped in the eerie mists of the Seine, palm trees beneath the bright Mediterranean sun, poplars heavily laden with snow became a significant motif in his work, and he used them to experiment with an extraordinary variety of tones and colors. Ralph Skea explores Monet's depictions of trees across more than seventy works, including finished oil paintings and more fleeting sketches in oil, pastel, and pencil. The book is divided into five main chapters, each focusing on a different theme: Monet's earliest drawings and paintings of trees; his atmospheric use of rivers and coastlines from England to Italy; the fields, farmlands, and orchards of France; parks and gardens in both the city and the countryside; and his muted depictions of trees in winter. Skea's introduction draws together these threads, putting them in the context of Monet's ouvre as a whole and tracing his artistic development.
Artist(s):Monet, Claude
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Painting
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 166943
Hardcover $19.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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