Monet and Bazille

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The French artists Claude Monet and Frederic Bazille worked together for seven years - until the latter was killed in the Franco-Prussian War - to develop the style of painting which became known as Impressionism. This is a study of that fruitful collaboration and the works that resulted from it. Published to accompany a 1999 exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, the book assesses an association dominated by Monet's overpowering personality and talent and nurtured by Bazille's selfless generosity. It also discusses the significance of the artist's studio at a time when French painters were blazing new trails by painting outdoors, and presents discoveries made during technical analysis of almost identical paintings by Monet and Bazille of the beach at Sainte-Adresse.

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This catalog for a show at Atlanta's High Museum explores the synergy between two French painters, Claude Monet and Frederick Bazille. An introduction and two essays imply that, because of their shared working conditions and close relationship, the pair parallel Picasso and Braque. This may be stretching things a bit. In separate essays, Champa (art, Brown Univ.), Brenneman (a curator at the High Museum), and Dianne W. Pitman (an independent scholar) competently interpret early paintings, describe the painters' mode of working (en plein air), explore their experiences at Gleyre's ?cole, detail Bazille's financial independence and attendance at medical school, examine Monet's marriage to his model, and discuss their circle of friends, including Renoir. In the end, though, it seems less likely that the two were codependent than that Bazille was dependent on Monet. The book is well-illustrated with reproductions that are arranged carefully to match the text. Recommended for its unique perspective to large public library and museum collections.
-Ellen Bates, New York
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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