Blog Monet: The Late Years book review

Monet: The Late Years book review

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 12:12 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Monet: The Late Years

Kimbell Art Museum

 

If the claim that impressionism is light holds true, Claude Monet was the equivalent of the sun as what he emitted affected the world of art in every facet. The later years were defined by a hiatus caused by the departure of his second wife and eldest son, after which he reinvented himself through a deep dive into abstract large scale works that were channelled through the lenses of an artist that suffered from cataracts.

The opulently illustrated book showcases more than sixty canvases that are arranged according to themes and a chronological timeline, which towards the end shows the artist revisiting some of his earliest paintings and reinterpreting them.

What I have always found intriguing about Monet, is how powerful his paintings are despite the serene environments and floral focus they were centred around. Towards the end of his career, he managed to create panoramas that created an immersive, all encompassing experience, specifically by adding additional dimensions to his earlier work.

Subtleties in terms of colourful nuances and the dialogue between lighting / shading, add depth and room for interpretation far beyond the realm of what meets the eye.

His failing eyesight certainly contributed to the intrigue of his latter paintings that became intensely abstract, with subject matter blurred beyond recognition and with that borderline expressionist and very bold.

If so far you have only been familiar with Monet’s water-lily paintings, this catalogue will be a treat as the range of his oeuvre is surprisingly diverse.

A great ode to an artist that was obsessed by the desire to paint the natural world– a desire that was only amplified during his late sensitive years and the outcome of which are what became known as his greatly imaginative large-scale Grandes Décorations.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Gotta Get Theroux This book review

Posted by T
Jan. 13, 2020, 6:19 p.m.

Gotta Get Theroux This Louis Theroux Macmillan   Louis Theroux and his documentaries are known the world over due to two things: Theroux’s idiosyncratic, self-deprecating approach to journalism and unique ... read more

Double Delicious @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

Double Delicious Carriageworks Sydney, Australia January 8. 2020 Food and the need to eat is universal and a common denominator. As Maya Angelou put it so eloquently, the exercise of ... read more

The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design

Posted by T
Jan. 11, 2020, 8:50 a.m.

The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930–1995 Yale University Press Huh, the phenomenon of ubiquitous pop art! A topic that has not exactly suffered from a lack ... read more

The Art of Nick Cave: Critical essays

Posted by T
Jan. 10, 2020, 9:33 p.m.

The Art of Nick Cave: Critical essays University of Chicago Press   Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds. Grinderman. Movie scores. Poems. Screenplays. Acting. Et cetera, et cetera.   The incarnations ... read more

Original Grin: The Art of Ron English book review

Posted by T
Jan. 7, 2020, 7:06 p.m.

Original Grin: The Art of Ron English Thames and Hudson   In the realm of art, sometimes things are so overt that it could not be more covert or subversive, ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.