Spence puts the artist into the context of h is times, looking at the influences, political and religious events surrounding him, and provides a brief history of his life, as well as looking at the actual meaning of his works and how critics viewed them '
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David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.From Booklist:
Part of the Great Artists and Their World series, this slender title offers a thorough introduction to Oscar Claude Monet, who, before helping to found the French Impressionism movement, was known for his sharp-eyed, witty caricature drawings. From basic biographical information to close studies of famous works, the artist’s materials and methods, and his influence on modern artists, the spreads cover a wide range of topics, all presented in short paragraphs and long captions that accompany the multiple, mostly well-reproduced artwork and archival photos on every page. The small trim size is more suitable to a novel than an art survey, and the pages suffer from cramped layouts, with frequently too-small type shoehorned in between images. Spence’s clear language, though, will help students grasp the methods, ideology, and transcendent power behind Monet’s work, while intriguing details, such as how the 1841 invention of the collapsible paint tube aided artists’ ability to work outdoors, add interest. With extensive back matter that encourages browsing and further research, this offers a substantive starting place for student researchers. Grades 6-9. --Gillian Engberg
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