We are delighted to welcome Professor Richard Thomson to Golden Hare Books, to discuss his fascinating reframing of Monet’s artistic legacy through his depiction of architecture. This promises to be a fascinating evening, so join us for a glass of wine and a discussion of art and architecture.
The first and only book to focus on Monet’s work through his representation of architecture
In an innovative approach, Richard Thomson considers Claude Monet’s paintings of buildings in their environment, offering a reappraisal of an artist more often associated with landscapes, seascapes and gardens. Buildings fulfilled various roles in Monet’s
canvases; some are chiefly compositional devices while others throw into sharp contrast the forms of man-made construction against the irregularity of nature, or suggest the absent presence of humans. The theme was both central and consistent over five decades of his 60-year career.
Written by a renowned expert on Impressionism, this book covers Monet’s representations of historical buildings, inner cities, beach resorts, railway bridges and stations, suburban housing and busy harbours – subjects spanning northern France, the Mediterranean, and the cities of Rouen, London, and Venice. In addition to 77 great paintings by Monet, this thematic, picture-led book includes a wealth of comparative material, such as postcards, posters and original travel photography that sets Monet’s work firmly in its historical, cultural, and social framework.
Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.
A leading expert on late nineteenth century French art, he has published many books in the field, including monographs on Seurat (1985) and Degas (1988 and 1995). His recent books include The Troubled Republic. Visual Culture and Social Debate in France, 1889–1900 (2004) and Art of the Actual. Naturalism and Style in Early Third Republic France, 1880–1900 (2012), both published by Yale. He has also curated or co-curated many exhibitions, including Toulouse-Lautrec (London, Hayward Gallery and Paris, Grand Palais, 1991–2), Seurat and the Bathers (London, National Gallery, 1997), Monet: the Seine and the Sea, 1878–1883, (Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, 2003), Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (Washington, National Gallery of Art and Chicago, Art Institute, 2005), Monet (Paris, Grand Palais, 2010–11) and Seurat’s Circus Sideshow (New York, Metropolitan Museum, 2017). He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford in 2009 and is an Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.