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Ross King

Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies



I started this book with the misunderstanding that French artist Claude Monet did only a few paintings of water lilies. In fact, he executed some 250 of them, and they occupied a lot of space in his creative head during the last 30 years of his life. King’s book is not a biography but a kind of thesis, an educated guess on what impelled Monet to bend his will (and those of his family and friends) to this particular subject. King brings in World War I, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau (a close pal), and a host of fellow artists as influences.

– Bruce Collier
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