Monet's Sketchbooks From the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris
This digital presentation of Monet's sketchbooks gives unprecedented public access to works that are among his least refined yet some of his most intimate artistic utterances.
The exhibition of Monet's Sketchbooks challenges the conventional, long-held understanding of Claude Monet's artistic process and life. Drawing upon recently discovered documents and a body of graphic work largely unknown to the public and scholars alike, the exhibition reveals that Monet (1840–1926) relied extensively upon drafting in the development of his paintings in addition to painting his subjects directly.
Monet habitually carried sketchbooks with him in his teenage years when he went on expeditions to draw landscapes. He then made use of sketchbooks from the very beginning of his professional career in the 1860s through to the 1920s.
Monet seems to have used sketchbooks in a strictly functional and utilitarian way to make drawings for their own sake - e.g. drawings of his children and to jot down visual ideas for exploratory purposes - both at home, Paris and other parts of France and abroad. The graphic language of his sketches varies from the spare and minimalistic (outlines only) to evidence of retracing which suggests working on composition and design
|Woman With A Parasol|
|Tree Trunks At La Mare Eu Clere|
|Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Michel Monet Drawing and Germaine Hoschedé Writing|