Part of the Art & Ideas series.
Claude Monet (1840-1926) transformed the art world with his astonishing ability to capture the fleeting effect of light and air on canvas. His "Impression, Sunrise" of 1872 marked a significant departure from the paintings of his predecessors and laid the foundations of the abstract art of the twentieth century.
In this clear and engaging account of Monet's life and art, Carla Rachman analyses the development of the artist's work in light of both a changing art market and the social and political context of his time. She argues that Monet's choice of subject matter - whether it was the Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris, Rouen Cathedral or water-lilies at Giverny - was not only a result of his personal vision but also a response to the rapid industrial development of late nineteenth-century France and to the ravages of the Franco-Prussian War and World War I. The result is a book that reveals a complicated artist who was both influenced by events around him and had a formative influence on the history of modern art.
Includes colour and black-and-white illustrations.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 1997
- 159 x 219mm