Catalogue for Monet: The Early YearsThe first comprehensive examination of the painter’s formative years

is pleased to announce the publication of Monet: The Early Years
George T. M. Shackelford
With contributions by Richard Shiff, Richard Thomson, Anthea Callen, and Mary Dailey Desmarais

Distributed for the Kimbell Art Museum
Monet: The Early Years  * George T.M. Shackelford
Price: $60.00 * ISBN: 978-0-300-22185-5 Hardcover * 320 pages, with 180 color + 10 b/w illustrations

This elegant volume traces the evolution of Claude Monet’s early style
and features over 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist’s career, from his Normandy debut in 1858, to 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil on the River Seine. Over this period, the young painter absorbed and transformed a variety of influences, from the lessons ofthe Barbizon school and his mentor Boudin to the challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley. Works profiled include his first Salon-exhibited piece, the Kimbell Art Museum’s La Pointe de la Hève at Low Tide; Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass); The Magpie from the Musée d’Orsay, which was painted shortly after the birth of his first child; and The Green Wave and La Grenouillère from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This fully illustrated catalogue also includes essays by distinguished scholars of Impressionism, focusing on the development of Monet’s own distinctive mode of painting. As Monet: The Early Years reveals, artistic innovation and personal ambition shaped the work of the celebrated painter from the very start of his long and illustrious career.

George T. M. Shackelford is deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum. Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh. Anthea Callen is professor emeritus of the Australian National University and professor emeritus of visual culture, University of Nottingham. Mary Dailey Desmarais is associate curator at  the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal.

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