The small book on Claude Monet is written as though a young person was writing a report for school, complete with what she likes and doesn’t like about Monet’s painting and some of the food he liked it eat. It covers from his early years til the end of his life.
It’s a rather neat little book just packed full of pictures and text about Monet. Did you know that Monet had a temper and if he didn’t like his work he’d rip it up or throw it into the river (if out in a boat mind you).
One of the nice touches I thought the comparison of Renoit and Monet doing the same scene. Each artist had his own touch. Both I think are great. Two friends who often painted together. Neighbours, Friends, Rivals, both Impressionists.
I love the multitude of images and the easy read font. I found it fascinating seeing Monet’s early work and how much it changed the longer he was an artist.
Monet was well known for liking to paint the same scene at different times of the day. He loved to be outdoors painting rather than indoors doing portraits or still-life images. It took a long time for his style of art work to be accepted, but when they did, it enabled him to build an awning to sit under when he painted, it meant he didn’t need to live with friends or only eat beans for months on end.
This was a very interesting book that piqued my (and my son’s) interest in Monet.
Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies
Author: Steven Packard
Illustrator: True Kelley
Published by Grosset & Dunlop
Series: Smart about Art
Where to find it:
Amazon.ca: Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies
Here’s a neat series of videos about Monet:
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