Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are the most famous. Seeing them in museums around the world, viewers are transported by the power of Monet’s brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.” Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents an intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture—from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his profound friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who ultimately secured a museum for Monet’s masterpieces, the Orangerie, and who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit.
Ross King is the bestselling author of Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris, Leonardo and the Last Supper, and Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, along with two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He has twice won Canada’s Governor General’s Award, and his work has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the National Award for Arts Writing. He has lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, the Aspen Institute, and the Frick Collection, and in Florence, Milan, Paris, and Giverny. Born in Canada, he now lives near Oxford with his wife, Melanie.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Photo credit: Melanie King
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