Claude Monet - Tucker, Paul Hayes - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

Claude Monet

Life and Art

  • Paul Hayes Tucker
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The quintessential Impressionist, Claude Monet, created more than 2,500 paintings, drawings, and pastels, radically altering the way art was made and understood. This beautiful book is a comprehensive—and accessible—study of Monet's achievement that sets his rich legacy into the context of his life and times.

Instead of reading Monet's work as engaged only with the beauties of nature, Paul Hayes Tucker offers strikingly new interpretations based on a close examination of individual paintings, Monet's biography, and the multiple forces that shaped his aesthetic. Tucker sees the artist's oeuvre as an evolving enterprise that was intricately linked to such cataclysmic events as the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune insurrection of 1870-71, the Dreyfus Affair of 1898, and the First World War. Tucker also explores the demands that Monet placed upon himself, his responses to market pressures, and his steadfast belief in the power of art to express ideas. Combining documentary material with a thorough analysis of the public's reaction to his work, Tucker convincingly demonstrates how Monet was able to achieve enormous success during his lifetime. He argues that Monet was fully aware of his talents, that he consciously chose sites and subjects that were layered with meaning, and that he was intent on becoming one of France's greatest artists, an honor he was accorded by the end of the nineteenth century--much earlier than is generally assumed.

Fiercely competitive but immensely sensitive, astonishingly inventive though rarely satisfied, Monet was a far more complicated figure than has been acknowledged. He emerges in this lavishly illustrated book as an individual of vision and virtuosity. His art was the product of deeply felt experience and continues to hold significance for us today.

Paul Tucker is professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Monet in the '90s and Monet at Argenteuil, both published by Yale University Press, and has been the curator of two internationally acclaimed Monet exhibitions. 

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