Claude Monet is best known as a leader of the Impressionists, his paintings defining the style that triggered a revolution in art.
During the eighty-six years of his life, Monet never rested, and was always driven by the urge to paint. And more than two thousand paintings survive from six highly creative decades. Despite being a celebrity among France’s political and cultural elite, Monet never became complacent. Even in his seventies and eighties he was still producing paintings that astounded the art world.
Monet’s work remains highly influential – his abstraction, gestural strokes and expressive colour capturing the imagination of generation after generation of artists.
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Attractively hard bound and easy to read "This is Monet" by Sara Pappworth is a worthwhile introduction to one of the most famous Impressionists. Written in a lively conversational tone, the hour I spent absorbed in its text and visuals was as pleasant as one of the paintings portrayed. Aude Van Ryn's illustrations of Monet's life in Paris from 1859-61, the "Chasseurs d'Afrique" ("the army"), and many renditions of his painting jaunts made his masterpieces come alive.