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Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet Paperback – 5 April 2011
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"Rich and satisfying...Cowell seems poised on the cusp of very great things." -January Magazine There's more than one love triangle involved in this highly recommended tale. Don't miss Claude & Camille.--BookLoons
Fleshing out the artist's biographical outline with fresh imagery, well-paced dramatic scenes and carefully calculated dialogue, Cowell presents a vivid portrait of Monet's remarkable career. She writes with intelligence and reverence for her subject matter, providing a rich exploration of the points at which life and art converged for one of history's greatest painters.--Booklist With elegant prose that blends color, light, and shadow to perfection, much as Monet did in his canvasses, Stephanie Cowell offers us a gorgeously rendered tale of love, genius, and haunting loss set against the dramatic backdrop of a world on the verge of inescapable change.--C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen "Stephanie Cowell 's Monet and his Camille are achingly real, and the miserable garrets of Paris where they struggle to survive are so sensitively portrayed you can almost smell the paint. Cowell sweeps the reader up into a story as dazzling and turbulent as the art whose creation she depicts."--Laurel Corona, author of Four Seasons
"Claude & Camille is a wonderfully absorbing and romantic novel, the story of Claude Monet's passion for his painting and his equally passionate love for a woman who is as elusive as the water lilies that he strove to capture on canvas. This elegant novel was hard to put down, and once I did, I rushed to view Monet's paintings with a deeper understanding. Stephanie Cowell is a wonderful writer."--Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine B. trilogy and Mistress of the Sun
"An engaging, lyrical, and spirited work of fiction about the great love of Monet's life. Cowell creates a vivid world here, of art, friendship, and ardent love within the Impressionist circle."--Harriet Scott Chessman, author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper "Stephanie Cowell's new novel of art and love is focused on Claude Monet's great passions: painting, friendship, and Camille Doncieux. With her uncanny ability to inhabit the hearts of historical characters, Cowell creates a wholly fascinating milieu as vividly as a film-maker. She has a special gift for rendering the scene--knowing which moments excite the reader, illuminate the characters, and create memorability. I was touched by the novel's tenderness and compassion, and moved to immerse myself in my books of Impressionist paintings."--Sandra Scofield, author of Opal on Dry Ground and Occasions of Sin "Claude & Camille offers a fascinating look at nineteenth-century Paris, the bohemian lives of the Impressionists, and their struggle to create a new way of seeing the world. From Parisian ateliers to Giverny's lush gardens, Stephanie Cowell paints an unforgettable portrait of Claude Monet and the two passions that framed his life: his beautiful, tragic wife, Camille, and his pursuit of art."--Christi Phillips, author of The Devlin Diary
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- Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY); Reprint edition (5 April 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307463222
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307463227
- Dimensions : 13.16 x 1.98 x 20.35 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 275,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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worth-while experience.The book is a true pearl for persons like me with an interest in artists and their lives. I would gladly recommend it to other art lovers
This beautifully written novel conjures up all the images that come to mind at the mention of this term : the desperately poor, struggling young painters sharing freezing, spartan attics and studios, the pawning of overcoats in winter, the gatherings around marble tables in dirty little gas-lit cafés, the living on bread, sausages, cheese and cheap wine, the never-ending talk about art, the painting outdoors in all seasons and weathers, the falling in and out of love, the hopes and dreams of success and the crushing disappointments.
Apart from giving us a passionate and moving love story, Stephanie Cowell paints beautiful word pictures of all the places immortalized in Monet’s paintings, whether it’s the streets of Paris, the rough Brittany coast, idyllic little villages, snowy landscapes, railway stations, fields, rivers or his glorious Giverny garden.
And last but not least she is able to transmit the painters’ irresistible, all-consuming urge to give artistic expression to their inner visions.
A moving story of great love and great art as luminous as a Monet painting.