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Monet (Grand Palais Paris exhibition catalogue): 1840-1926 Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"What would be the point of a retrospective if it were not an invitation to take a fresh look?" asks Guy Cogeval, president of Paris's Orsay and Orangerie museums in this thematically organized and splendidly illustrated catalogue of the first major Monet retrospective in 15 years (currently on exhibit in Paris). The catalogue provides inventive, insightful perspectives on the artist's work and life by noted art historians and Orsay curators. House argues, for instance, that Monet's emphasis on his "uniquely personal, subjective sensation" unified his diverse subject matter. A fascinating essay links Monet's last works with Oswald Spengler's The Decline of the West; another is an incisive study of "reproduction" and "oeuvre" in the works of Monet and Roy Lichtenstein. And there is a beautifully illustrated exploration of the origin and development of his "series" process. This visually stunning and analytically innovative collection ends with a thoughtful photo essay on Monet "the man," by art critic Philippe Piguet, who is a direct descendant of the artist. 300 color illus. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Joseph Baillo is a principal at Wildenstein & Co., Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac is a professor at the Institut des Sciences Politiques de Paris, John House is Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Laurence Madeline, Sylvie Patin, Sylvie Patry, and Anne Roquebert are curators at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and Richard Thompson is a professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Parkermann347 on November 8, 2010
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This is THE book to have on Monet. A huge coffee table sized art book with around 150 full page sized reproductions that span Monet's career. Having gone through around 20 books on Monet looking for the best overall book, this is the best on the market to date IMHO. If you wish to have an excellent book that gives a generous sample of just about all the major paintings by Monet, this is the book to go with. The reproductions are clear, the colors are vibrant and lush, I honestly couldn't have improved on it.

There are a few fold outs, a particular favorite is the fold out that shows 2 huge waterlilies murals. The colors are lush and the images very crisp. If you can't get to the museum that shows these paintings, this book is a fantastic substitute.

Having briefly scanned the text portion, it is very informative as to the influences on Monet throughout his painting life. If you are just discovering Monet's art, this is a wonderful introduction, and for those who are 'old hands' this is a rare treat.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 8, 2010
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This Monet book is the catalogue from the exhibition at the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, held from September 2010 through January 2011. It includes a list of Monet's works in alphabetical order, an index with listings of relevant names and a chronology of his life. The body of the volume shows illustrations of his works that are on exhibit; however most are not full page. They list the title, the medium - such as oil on canvas, the size and where the picture is normally located. Some illustrations are details of larger works. There are two fold outs to show some complete panels of his works and of Rouen Cathedral.

The comparisons to some other artists, such as Lichtenstein's Rouen and Haystacks/Grainstacks are very good as is the concluding chapter, `Claude Monet, The Man' - containing photographs of him.
This is an exhibition catalogue - something that art and book lovers would really like to have in their collection... a good coffee table book for their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Critton on October 3, 2013
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I'm sure you've arrived here having searched extensively for a worthy Monet tome..and like me, you've come to realize that aside from this well-written and informative Monet catalogue of a blockbuster Grand Palais exhibition in Paris, there is nothing else out on the market not only as well published with great quality often full-page reproductions, but for the bang for your buck this book gives.

Being an avid and voracious scholar of late 19th century European art, especially impressionism, and owning books on Monet and Impressionism, I would highly recommend this book, especially for the pictorial fidelity of his extensive and surprisingly varied oeuvre, of paintings, drawing etc. and for the refreshing scholarly perspective on an often over emphasized artist. A great addition to any library..from an avid art book connoisseur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane S Tracy on August 27, 2014
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This makes a great coffee table book, and it has most (if not all) of Monet's known paintings. I had just returned from France and a visit to Giverny, so it is a good reminder of what made my trip most memorable.
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