Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet

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Title: Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet

Writer: Lucy Brownridge, illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller

Publishing House: Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions

Date of Publication: January 7th 2020

Rating: 5 stars

‘’I like to paint as a bird sings.’’

(Claude Monet)

Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet

A beautiful book that aims to introduce the younger audience to one of the masterminds of Impressionism. Claude Monet was one of the first artists to escape the old-school principles of Art, challenging the never-ending arrays of still-life works and epic themes. He wanted to depict the beauty of Nature, the magic of the moment, the interaction of the human and the environment. 

Portrait of an Artist: Claude Monet

Inspired by the sun dancing on the Seine, Monet decided to follow his own dream. He moved to London and produced some of the most beautiful, atmospheric depiction of the Thames. Absorbing the paintings of Turner, he returned to Paris with his work Impression: Sunrise. Impressionism was born and a new light was dawning. Even when tragedy struck, Monet found peace in nature, his paintings communicated the comfort and shelter we can only find in a forest, in a summer field, in the murmurs of the river on a spring afternoon.

(Sun Breaking Through the Fog)

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(The Magpie)

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(La Grenouillère) 

Moving written by Lucy Brownridge, beautifully illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller, and with informative descriptions of Monet’s major works, this little gem is the perfect introduction of one of the greatest of all time and a chance for the young audience to learn and appreciate a world gone forever.

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(La Promenade)

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(Femme à l’ombrelle tournée vers la gauche)

Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group- Wide Eyed Editions and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


(Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge)

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(Weeping Willow)