Monet : The Garden Paintings
'Monet: The Garden Paintings checks all the boxes: dozens of beautiful illustrations with facts and notes, period photographs, Monet-ism quotes, basic biography, and educational essays' - New York Journal of Books
A handsome book devoted to Monet's garden paintings
Over three decades, Monet painted the water lilies in his pond more than three hundred times. Today these garden paintings are regarded as his absolute masterpieces. The development of the artist's work can be clearly discerned in the water lilies.
In the earliest paintings he still adheres to conventional spatial boundaries, but his lily ponds evolve into increasingly limitless universes in which the subject is defined by light. Monet is one of the most influential artists of all time. His impact on art history is immense.
Vincent van Gogh, but also abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, pop icon Andy Warhol and even the minimalists of the sixties, were heavily influenced by Monet's play of colours and light, his formal language and his purified reinterpretation of the same subjects over and over again. The book accompanies an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
This book is being published in connection with the exhibition and contains texts by Benno Tempel (director of Kunstmuseum Den Haag), Marianne Mathieu (director of the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris) and Frouke van Dijke (curator of nineteenth-century art at Kunstmuseum Den Haag). Each of the three authors contribute a total of four essays that handle a unique entry point to Monet’s Giverny. The first essay touches on how Monet and his unusual family came to be residents of the small town. The second essay explores the stylistic developments at play in the middle of the 19th century while the third details Monet’s obsession with water, nature, and nature’s reflection in the water. Finally, the fourth essay explains why Monet’s late art was such a non-entity at his death but now it enjoys the prestige of being the “Basis of Modern Art.”
- Author: Benno Tempel, Director of Kunstmuseum Den Haag
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Date published: October 2019
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-9492677969
- Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 25.2 cm