The Unknown Monet

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Pastels and Drawings

James A. Ganz and Richard Kendall

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Claude Monet (1840–1926) is one of the best-known and most beloved painters in the history of art, with myriad publications and exhibitions devoted to his oeuvre. And yet there remains a previously undiscovered aspect of his career: his surprisingly significant role as a draftsman. This book is the first to focus on Monet’s pastels, drawings, and sketchbooks, offering a revolutionary new interpretation of the artist’s life and work.
Monet has long been seen as an anti-draftsman, an artist who painted his subjects directly and whose rarely seen graphic works were marginal to his artistic process. In an effort to develop his public image, Monet denied the role of drawing in his working method. In actuality, Monet began his career as a caricaturist and as a teenager developed a passion for drawing that was never extinguished. He went on to master the medium of pastel and included seven in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.
Citing recently discovered, unpublished documents that overturn the accepted image of the artist, The Unknown Monet reveals an extensive group of graphic works created over the course of the artist’s career, many of which are unknown to the general public and to scholars: beautiful pastels, stunning black chalk drawings, and fascinating sketchbooks, which include pencil studies that relate to many of his paintings. The book also shows how Monet exploited the print media to promote his art.
The most important publication on Monet to appear in a generation, this illuminating volume is essential to anyone interested in his work, Impressionism, and nineteenth-century French culture.

James A. Ganz is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He is the coauthor of The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings and Goltzius and the Third Dimension, also available from Yale University Press.


Royal Academy of Arts, London (March 17 – June 10, 2007)

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (June 24 – September 16, 2007)

"Ganz and Kendall and the publishers, Yale University Press, have done a magnificent job in recounting and illustrating this early background of the great artist." --- James Whetter, The Cornish Banner

"It's a page turner. . . . James A. Ganz and Richard Kendall have painstakingly reviewed recently deiscovered documents to illustrate this known but oft overlooked part of Monet. . . . They have achieved the near impossible finding something new to say about the Impressionist master who is the subject of countless books. The catalog, The Unknown Monet is as fascinating as it's subject the brilliant Claude Monet."—International Art Treasures Web Magazine

"Another excellent work from Yale - surely the finest of art publishers at the moment... Did you know what a finely barbed caricaturist Monet had veen before he fell deeply in love with the figurative nature of seeing? This book will give you all the facts - and more.'---Michael Glover, The Independent

Gold medal winner of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of Fine Art.
ISBN: 9780300118629
Publication Date: April 26, 2007
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
328 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
74 b/w + 223 color illus.

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