November 14 Birthday: CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS

Claude Monet
Oscar-Claude Monet
November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926

CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS
by P.I. Maltbie
Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
(Abrams, 2010)

Young
readers will learn how Claude Monet came to paint trains as well as how
he forever changed the minds of critics about his art and about the
Impressionists in general. When his nine-year-old son raves over trains
passing by in the countryside, Monet wishes his own art could excite
critics as much as trains captivate his son. The book explains his
painting technique, how critics viewed him and the other Impressionists,
and how he came to paint trains.
Jos.
A. Smith’s beautiful illustrations are paired with P. I. Maltbie’s
comprehensive text to create an inspiring tale of Monet. The book also
includes an author’s note, reproductions of some of Monet’s paintings, a
time line, a list of North American museums that house Monet’s
paintings, a bibliography, and an index.

“A handsome and
child-friendly introduction to the Impressionist master. The narrative
works well, and much information is thoughtfully, accessibly presented.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Smith expertly illuminates the changing
landscape of an evolving world, as Maltbie’s thoughtful story of
inspiration and imagination highlights a less remembered portion of
Monet’s work.” –Publishers Weekly

Check out some of Monet’s art at the Claude Monet online gallery:  http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/

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