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Mad Enchantment
Author: Ross King

ISBN: 9781408861950
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 28 September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.9
Description:
From bestselling author and art historian Ross King, the full history of how Claude Monet created the beloved Water Lilies at the gardens of Giverny, and the fascinating story of the last decade of his life.

We have all seen, whether live, in photographs or on postcards, some of Claude Monet's legendary water lily paintings. They are in museums all over the world, and are among the most beloved works of art of the past century. Yet, ironically, these soothing images were created amid terrible personal turmoil and sadness. The extraordinarily dramatic history behind the creation of these paintings is little-known; Ross King's new book tells that story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most beloved artists.

King tells the full history of the special circumstances in which Monet created the Water Lilies. As World War I exploded within hearing distance of his house at Giverny, he was facing his own personal crucible. In 1911, aged 71, his adored wife Alice had died, plunging him into deep mourning. A year later he began going blind. Then his eldest son, Jean, fell ill and...

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