Claude & Camille

Claude & Camille

A Novel of Monet

Book - 2011
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A vividly-rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father's nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father's will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, C#65533;zanne, Pissarro, Manet--a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. Even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.

His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet--and believed in his work--even as they lived in wretched rooms and often suffered the indignities of destitution. But Camille had her own demons--secrets that Monet could never penetrate--including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, c2011.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780307463227
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Claude and Camille.


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BookEnthusiast Jun 25, 2013

I enjoyed reading this book because it flowed nicely and it was a quick, interesting read. I would say on page 203, that's where the book really took off for me. Now I'm wanting to go to the art museum and look at the Impressionist paintings.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 06, 2011

What fun to meet so many Impressionist painters (albeit fictitiously)! I never would have found this book—let alone read it—if a patron hadn’t told me about it. I had more fun looking up all the paintings mentioned. If you’re going to read it, have a book of Monet’s paintings or the internet available.

PicklesReads May 31, 2011

Great fictionalized account of Claude Monet's relationship with Camille, his wife. Could not put it down!

Sep 13, 2010

Enjoyed this account of the painter's journey even though at times I found myself skipping parts. It's a nice way to learn more about the artist and the struggle he and his contempories incurred.


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