Mad Enchantment

Mad Enchantment

Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Book - 2016
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"Mad Enchantment tells the extraordinary story behind the painting of the Water Lilies, chronicling how these entrancing images were produced at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness and against the backdrop of World War I"-- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632860125
Characteristics: viii, 403 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical table ; 25 cm


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ser_library Dec 13, 2017

I learned enough from the first half of the book, enjoyed remembering my visit to Monet country

Aug 29, 2017

This book provides a perspective of World War I, Monet painting at this time, and a perspective of France and Paris at that time and during the war. The meaning of water lilies is interesting. Monet's eyesight reads like it was a challenge in his later years while painting. It struck me how he had faithful friends and surprising when he had initially cancelled his donation to the state. There was much drama and death in his life. I had wanted to see Giverny and the book reinforced that and the desire to visit the Orangerie.

CD_Librarian Apr 11, 2017

This is a beautiful, engrossing biography of a revered painter in his later years, struggling with depression, the loss of his wife and son, and rediscovering the compulsion to paint. Monet painted huge canvases from 1914 through the war and into the 1920s until he died, bequeathing some of the most magnificent of his paintings to France, begetting the Water Lilies exhibit in L'Orangerie. Giverny is a world class treasure, the garden that inspired his later works, and is now so lovingly restored and also open to the public.
Ross King also portrays the extraordinary friendship between Monet and George Clemenceau, the great French politician, who coaxed and cajoled the elderly painter to keep creating. This is a wonderful read for those who love biographies of creative people in our collective past. Winner of the 2017 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction.

Mar 02, 2017

It so changes the water lily paintings to think of them being painted in the middle of WWI.


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