Takes a fresh look at some of Monet’s most famous works
“Will delight any lover of Monet’s work.”—Vivian Thomas, France Today
Contributions by Benedict Leca, Lynne D. Ambrosini, Andria Derstine, and Beth E. Wilson
This beautifully illustrated book takes a fresh look at some of the works Claude Monet painted between 1883 and 1926 in and around his garden at Giverny, some 50 miles northwest of Paris. His depiction of sites in the surrounding countryside and of iconic garden motifs such as the Japanese footbridge, water lilies, and wisterias are characterised by subtle colouring and expressive brushwork, making these paintings among the most innovative of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as some of the most beloved masterpieces of French art.
Featuring paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection takes reflection in all of its meanings as the governing theme: as a motif in painting as well as a metaphor for both Monet’s experimentation and our own thoughtful viewing of his paintings.
Four illustrated essays explore reflection, focusing on the importance of Monet’s garden as a continuing source of reflective inspiration, and examining his work in Giverny in the context of developments in painting and photography. Historic photos give us a contemporary view of the master in his garden. The volume also includes a first-hand account of the garden, written in 1891 by French author and art critic Octave Mirbeau and translated for this book by Benedict Leca.
Benedict Leca is the executive director, Redwood Library and Athenaeum, and was curator of European Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 2007-2012. A specialist in the art and culture of 18th- and 19th-century France, he is the editor and co-author of The World is an Apple (2014) and the editor and co-author of Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman (2010).
Lynne D. Ambrosini is deputy director, curatorial affairs and chief curator at the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati. She has organized exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Taft; published articles on J.F. Millet, E. Manet, and C.F. Daubigny; and authored a catalog of Rodin bronzes belonging to the Brooklyn Museum.
Andria Derstine is the director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. She co-curated exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the Phillips Collection, and the National Gallery of Art, and co-authored Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts (2005).
Beth E. Wilson is a lecturer in the Department of Art History, The State University of New York at New Paltz, where she has curated several exhibitions of photography in recent years.
Table of Contents
- Director’s Foreword by Aaron Betsky
- Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Reflection in Giverny by Benedict Leca
- Mirrored Waters: Reflections on Monet and his Predecessors by Lynne D. Ambrosini
- Fragments and Reflections: Monet, War, and Ellen Johnson by Andria Derstine
- From Instant to Enveloppe: Reflections on Monet, Photography, and Time by Beth E. Wilson
- Monet and Giverny: L’art dans les deux mondes (March 7, 1891) by Octave Mirbeau, Translated by Benedict Leca
- Photographic Credits