Two of my favourite rooms in the entire world are those in the Orangerie Museum in Paris which hold Monet’s waterlily paintings. They are oval in shape and in each room four stunning paintings are displayed.
I go and see them every time I am in Paris.
So I was delighted to find an excellent book on the subject – Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King. I learned so much from this book about Monet’s struggles to finish these amazing works, his plan to gift them to the nation after WWI and the challenges of finding a museum to house them. The author really made Monet come alive – you could just see him in his garden at Giverny, half-blind from cataracts, tormented by the frustrations of trying to capture a light that changed perpetually, constantly encouraged by his friend Clemenceau, and enjoying food and wine in great quantities.
I just loved this book – if you love the art of Monet, you will too!
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