There are only about three months left to catch the Denver Art Museum's exhibition of Monet paintings, the most comprehensive showing in the U.S. in more than two decades. The exhibition features more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked. Of course, Denver Public Library is the place to go to learn more about Claude Monet, the Impressionist movement, and the creative process. Find below a list of titles for adults and kids which will help you take a deep dive into all things Monet!
Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist - Written and curated by French and American art historians, these essays re-examine the life and works of French impressionist Berthe Morisot (1841-95), one of only three women artists (including Mary Cassatt and Marie Bracquemond) included in impressionist exhibitions.
Claude & Camille: a Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell - With colorful period detail and deft emotional insight, Cowell recreates the life of Monet and his soulmate Camille, giving an entirely fresh dimension to the paintings that long-time exposure has left us too comfortable in viewing. At the heart of this book, most clearly, is a love story.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature by Ortrud Westheider - This lavishly illustrated volume explores the development of Monet's art from the 1850s to the 1920s, focusing on the places, both at home and on his frequent travels, from which he drew inspiration for his painting. This is the companion volume to the exhibition and is edited by Westheider (the German curator) as well as Christoph Heinrich and Angelica Daneo, who co-organized and co-curated the exhibition with Westheider.
The Great Artists: Claude Monet by Ann Sumner - Showcasing a selection of his best-loved and lesser-known paintings alongside fascinating biographic detail, this guide serves as a perfect introduction to Monet and the evolution of his iconic style.
Impressionism: Paint and Politics by John House - Moving from the late 1860s to the early 1880s, House analyzes the paintings and career strategies of the leading Impressionist artists, pointing out the ways in which they countered the dominant conventions of the contemporary art world and evolved their distinctive and immediately recognizable manner of painting.
Life Studies: Stories by Susan Vreeland - Vreeland takes considerable liberties with the life stories of Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, and Edouard Manet, then achieves more subtle effects in tender stories such as one about a boy caught taunting Cezanne, and the son of the postman of Arles whose sessions sitting for Van Gogh usher in his coming-of-age.
Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil by Willbald Sauerländer - In the summer of 1874, Édouard Manet and Claude Monet spent their holidays together in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Art historian Sauerländer describes how these two very different artists were inspired by one another and how their friendship flourished over those months.
Monet: Itinerant of Light by Slava Rubio - The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style. Monet insistently pursued one vision: catching the light in painting, and readers discover in this graphic biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
Monet's Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny by Aileen Bordman - The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet has been brought into the 21st century. The backdrop to the renaissance of the garden are chapters that cover Monet’s lifestyle, including French tips for entertaining, as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited.
Painting the Modern Garden: From Monet to Matisse - Beautifully illustrated with masterpieces by Monet and later painters, this title traces the evolution of the garden theme from impressionist visions of light and atmosphere to retreats for reverie, sites for bold experimentation, sanctuaries, and, ultimately, signifiers of a world restored to order—a paradise regained.
For younger art aficionados:
Claude Monet by Katherine Krieg - Claude Monet may be famous for his Impressionist paintings, but as a teenager he drew cartoons and caricatures. This accessible biography is also an introduction to art appreciation as it addresses the evolution and aesthetics of Monet’s paintings, discussing some of his major works created between 1859 and 1899.
An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work by The National Gallery of Art - Through graceful, illuminating prose, readers learn how some of the most masterful artists (mostly European and American) the world has ever known created their art and developed their styles; some minorities and women are included. For each master, full-color reproductions of representative works are presented, along with enlightening quotes.
The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser - In 1927, flower seller Floralie, eleven, and a new, mute friend, Nino, follow clues left by her long-lost mother from England to the garden of Claude Monet in France.
If Monet Painted a Monster by Amy and Greg Newbold - This title provides an introduction to various artists and art history that will delight young readers and please fans of art. Since the focus here is monsters--always a popular topic for youngsters--the authors imagine how 16 different artists might have painted a monster, had they been inclined to do so, with delightful results.
Impressionist Art by Alix Wood - Some of the most famous artists of all time were from the impressionist school. Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, and Edgar Degas all created works that have stood the test of time. Readers learn about the characteristics of impressionist art and the techniques used to create it.
Modern Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-on Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy by Maja Pitamic - The author introduces young artists to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose to create their own works of art. Children can create two artworks based on the techniques and visual effects of each featured piece of art and the projects cover a wide range of media, with a variety of difficulty levels.
Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy - A young boy mouse travels the countryside looking for work and happens upon the Monet's garden. He takes on a job and becomes inspired to learn to paint. Will he paint in the classical ways, or in the new style of the impressionist?