In 1911 Monet's adored wife died, plunging the artist into deep mourning. A year later he began going blind. His eldest son fell ill and died of syphilis, and his other son was sent to war. At the same time, a new generation of artists, led by Picasso and Matisse, were dazzling the art world and expressing disgust with Monet's treasured Impressionism. Fighting self-doubt, depression, and age, Monet constructed a massive new studio to accommodate the gigantic canvases that would, he hoped, revive him. Author Ross King reveals a complex, human, and intimate Claude Monet than has ever been portrayed, and firmly places his water lily project among the greatest achievements in the history of art.
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