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MONET

RACHMAN,CARLA

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ISBN 10: 0714835005 / ISBN 13: 9780714835006
Published by Phaidon Press, London, 1997
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Carla Rachman's clear and engaging account offers an accessible introduction to Monet's life and art, analysing the works themselves and also the social basis for the shifts in taste and the changing political and economic forces within Monet's lifetime. The artist's personal life and his relations with dealers, patrons, critics and institutions are seen as formative influences on his work. The book traces critical reaction to Monet's work from the early years, which were marked by a clash with conventional artistic values, to the present, when Monet's vision of the world has gained popularity with the public at large. Carla Rachman 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 19th-century France and to the ravages of the Franco-Prussian War and WWI. Includes a Glossary, Brief Biographies, Key Dates, Further Reading and an Index. BOOK DETAILS: The contents are clean, tight and sound throughout. The card covers are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear. The lettering on the spine is clear and bright. The original wraps are not price clipped and show only minor shelf-wear. A very attractive/desirable copy. Illustrated. 352pp. (incl. index). The unpacked weight of this book is approx. 755g. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed, will exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established:1993). **Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.** Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 4975

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Title: MONET

Publisher: Phaidon Press, London

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Claude Monet (1840-1926) was the quintessential Impressionist, whose ability to catch the fleeting effect of light and air on canvas have made his paintings admired the world over. But while a Monet picture of waterlilies, poppyfileds or poplar trees is easily identifiable, how and why his art developed from the early figure paintings to the late pictures of the water garden at Giverny is generally less well known. In this account of Monet's life and art, Carla Rachman analyzes the works themselves against the changing artistic and political background of the period to reveal the complicated evolution of an artist who had a formative influence on the history of modern art.

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The books in the Art and Ideas series, which will cover everything from Fra Angelico to Frida Kahlo, are supremely pleasurable to read. Written by scholarly experts who know how turn a phrase and focus a gaze, the books are filled with hundreds of crisp, color reproductions that give purely visual pleasure and information. There have been many coffee-table books on Monet in the last two decades, for example, but the details in this Phaidon volume reveal more of his buttery, brilliant surfaces than many larger but less carefully reproduced pages. Their handy size, 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, makes them easy to carry in a briefcase or backpack, and the text is printed in an easy-to-read typeface, with generous spacing. Even the time lines, biographies, and glossaries in the back are inviting to the eye. There will eventually be more than 100 volumes in the series, which is comparable to Thames and Hudson's World of Art series.

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