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This is Monet

Sara Pappworth, illustrations by Aude Van Ryn


Claude Monet is best known as a leader of the Impressionists, his paintings defining the style that triggered a revolution in art.

During the eighty-six years of his life, Monet never rested, and was always driven by the urge to paint. And more than two thousand paintings survive from six highly creative decades. Despite being a celebrity among France’s political and cultural elite, Monet never became complacent. Even in his seventies and eighties he was still producing paintings that astounded the art world.

Monet’s work remains highly influential—his abstraction, gestural strokes, and expressive color capturing the imagination of generation after generation of artists.

Sara Pappworth is an art historian, teacher and photographer. She has worked in museum and gallery education for more than 20 years and currently works at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, and the National Gallery.

Aude Van Ryn studied at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has featured in theater posters, packaging for Le Pain Quotidien, and advertising campaigns for clients such as The British Heart Foundation. Her illustration has featured in several exhibitions and she is currently working on shows for galleries in London and Tokyo.