Monet and Chicago 

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Accompanying the exhibition of the same name, this beautiful catalogue traces Chicago's unique relationship with Claude Monet—a relationship that began in 1903 when the Art Institute of Chicago became the first American museum to buy a painting by the French Impressionist. The generously illustrated volume, authored by Gloria Groom, chair and David and Mary Winton Green Curator of Painting and Sculpture of Europe at the Art Institute of Chicago, not only features well-known works in the museum's holdings, such as the six Stacks of Wheat paintings and four Water Lilies, but also includes works on paper and rarely seen still lifes, landscapes, and photographic materials from private Chicago collections. Stunning reproductions of details at actual size, a delightful essay by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, and a richly illustrated chronology combine to reveal the depth of the city's continuing devotion to an adopted artistic hero.                                                                          


144 pages with 104 illustrations

10 in. x 10 in.

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  1. Nov 8, 2020

    from El Cajon, CA

    Gorgeous Monet book! The printing quality of this book is excellent, which is something that is often lacking in other Monet books. Having seen many of the Monet originals I can say that these printed images are as close to the real thing as you can get. I highly recommend this book.

  2. Sep 21, 2020


    I usually buy books like this after I see an exhibit. Each then serves as a reminder of the pleasure I received and makes me feel as if I am standing in the museum yet again. Each is a treasure revisited many times.In these days of pandemic, I don't feel safe traveling the 200 miles with all that entails to get to Chicago, so I purchased this book because I won't be seeing the exhibit. I've just finished going through it for the first time and, although it can't possibly replace being there, I am no longer sad about not being able to do so. Another treasure has been added to my collection.

  3. Sep 16, 2020

    from Madison, WI

    On every single level this book is perfect! Beautiful photographs of the items in the exhibit, details in actual size (look at those brush strokes!), history, extremely high quality printing, all the information you need to understand the story behind Monet and Chicago. I'm a librarian and I have seen, purchased, recommended and cried over books that move me and library patrons. Books are powerful items! When I opened this book and saw the Monet pink endpapers I felt myself well up.Each page was a delight that I tried to savor over time but ended up staying up late staring at each page over and over. If you cannot make it to Chicago to see the exhibit in person please buy yourself this book. Or even if you are going, reading this book ahead of time helps with the sensory overload which may overwhelm you as you enter the exhibit. I looked at this book over and over again after seeing the exhibit to extend the joy the Monets offer us.I do not buy many books but this one I'll cherish forever. Enjoy!!!!

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