EVENT OVERVIEW: Ross King, Internationally Acclaimed Historian will Travel from his Home in Oxford, England and give a Multimedia Presentation of his New Hardcover Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ross King is the Internationally Bestselling Author of Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris, Leonardo and the Last Supper, and Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, along with two Novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He has twice won Canada’s Governor General’s Award, and his work has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the National Award for Arts Writing. He has lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, The Aspen Institute, and The Frick Collection, and in Florence, Milan, Paris, and Giverny. Born in Canada, he now lives near Oxford with his wife, Melanie.
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Claude Monet is perhaps the World’s most beloved Artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are the most famous. Seeing them in museums around the World, viewers are transported by the power of Monet’s brush into a peaceful world of harmonious nature. Monet himself intended them to provide “an asylum of peaceful meditation.” Yet, as Bestselling Author Ross King reveals in Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, a chronicle of both the legendary Artist and his most memorable achievement, the canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also conceal the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life.
Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies. The history of these remarkable canvases begins in early 1914, when French newspapers began reporting that Monet, by then 73 and one of the world’s wealthiest, most celebrated painters, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision—what Paul Cezanne called “the most prodigious eye in the history of painting”—was threatened by cataracts. The legacy of Impressionism was also under threat. A new group of artists, the Cubists, were capturing the public eye, threatening to eclipse the work of the Impressionists. Monet was seized by terrible anxiety and depression. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again, this time on a more ambitious scale than ever before. His most intense effort began as World War I approached and the horrors of the war came ever closer to Paris and Giverny—where Monet vowed to stay despite the German invasion.
Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents an intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in World culture—from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his profound friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who ultimately secured a museum for Monet’s masterpieces, the Orangerie, and who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit.
DATE & TIME: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64157
EVENT FORMAT: Ross King will give a Multimedia Presentation of his New Hardcover Mad Enchantment and answer audience questions. A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event. Registration is Required. Visit www.KCLibrary.org to Register or Call the Library at 816-701-3407. Seating is General Admission. Rainy Day Books will have Ross King’s Books for Sale at this Event.
DISCLAIMER: All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable. Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination. Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket. Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.
AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: one Author Autographed Hardcover of Mad Enchantment by Ross King.