Impressionism, gardening, biography, art
May 19, 2015 6:36 AM   Subscribe

Looking for biographical material about Claude Monet. Want to know something about his inner life, not so much his place in art history. I want to know about his ideas about gardening, life, love and family. Not much out there I can find.
posted by NorthCoastCafe to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
You can start with the Giverny website, I suppose.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:08 AM on May 19, 2015

Take a look into collections of letters.
posted by bdc34 at 8:12 AM on May 19, 2015

Yes, it's a picture book, but as a kid I was a big fan of Linnea in Monet's Garden.
posted by St. Hubbins at 8:18 AM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

I nearly bought this in Giverny earlier this month. I leafed through it and it quoted from letters etc., so it was definitely more "the life of the person" than "his place in art history". It's illustrated and has lots of reproductions of his paintings, as well (dunno if you count that as a plus or not).

(Hm, let me add for completeness's sake that a French review says "...retraces the life but above all the works of Claude Monet, focusing on his relationships and exchanges with other artists. [...] final chapter dedicated to extracts from his correspondence.")
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:34 PM on May 19, 2015

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