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MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES. Ross King. Bloomsbury USA, Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, 2016. 432 pp. with 76 ills. (20 col.). 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781632860125 In English.
Publisher's description: Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet's brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide "an asylum of peaceful meditation." Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life. Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny, and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism.
Artist(s):Monet, Claude
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 172601
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