Monday, June 6, 2011

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Chapter Book of the Day.

My selection is "Claude Monet: the painter who stopped trains" written by P.I. Maltbie with illustrations by Joseph A. Smith.

The name Monet may forever be linked with water-lilies, but Maltbie has found an entirely new aspect of the renowned artist's work to celebrate in this narrative non-fiction book. Inspired by his son's love of trains and the need to silence his critics, Monet created a series of paintings of steam engines set in the first Paris train station, the Gare Saint-Lazare. His work brought him success with both the critics and popular audiences and encouraged other impressionist artists of the time. Information about Monet and the Impressionist movement is readily accessible to readers and the book provides another viewpoint of the man and the community of artists in his time. Smith's illustrations combine the techniques associated with Impressionism and his own sensibilities as an artist to create a visually satisfying complement to the text.

Artist and illustrator notes, a glossary, index to Monet's work and a list of museums and collections that house Monet's artwork is included.


Anastasia Suen said...

A fun read! Thanks for participating in Nonfiction Monday this week!
:-) Anastasia

Books4Learning said...

I'd love to learn more about Monet. Thanks for sharing this title.

GatheringBooks said...

I really love picture books that feature artists - so this is definitely a must-read for me. I'm glad to have chanced upon your site through the nonfiction Monday round-up post. =)

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