本書的作者是Daniel Wildenstein，他是一位藝術歷史學家，同時也是法國巴黎Académie des Beaux-Arts的成員之一。他曾負責編輯許多國際藝術期刊，同時也協助推動和策劃了許多國際知名的藝術展覽。他是研究印象主義的國際權威，曾為高更、馬奈和莫內等印象派畫家編輯專書。
Master of the sublime: The essential Impressionist
No other artist, apart from J.M.W. Turner, tried as hard as Claude Monet (1840–1926) to capture light itself on canvas. Of all the Impressionists, it was the man Cézanne called “only an eye, but my God what an eye!” who stayed true to the principle of absolute fidelity to the visual sensation, painting directly from the object.
It could be said that Monet reinvented the possibilities of color. Whether it was through his early interest in Japanese prints, his time as a conscript in the dazzling light of Algeria, or his personal acquaintance with the major painters of the late 19th century, the work Monet produced throughout his long life would change forever the way we perceive both the natural world and its attendant phenomena. The high point of his explorations was the late series of waterlilies, painted in his own garden at Giverny, which, in their approach toward almost total formlessness, are really the origin of abstract art.
This biography does full justice to this most remarkable and profoundly influential artist, and offers numerous reproductions and archive photos alongside a detailed and insightful commentary.
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