Monet’s Trees

Paintings and Drawings by Claude Monet


An exploration of Monet’s work through his life-long fascination with the natural world


ISBN: 9780500239407 Category:

Ralph Skea


‘I perhaps owe it to flowers’, wrote Claude Monet (1840-1926), ‘that I became a painter.’ One of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement and perhaps the most celebrated landscape painter of his age, Monet dedicated his life to capturing the subtleties of the natural world. Trees – willows enveloped in the mists of the Seine, palm trees beneath the Mediterranean sun or poplars heavily laden with snow – became a significant motif in his work, and he used them to experiment with an extraordinary variety of tones and colours.

Ralph Skea’s account focuses on five different themes: Monet’s earliest drawings and paintings of trees; his atmospheric use of rivers and coastlines, from the English Channel to the Italian Riviera; the fields, farmlands and orchards of France; parks and gardens in both the city and the countryside, including his series of paintings featuring trees reflected in his water-lily pond; and his muted depictions of trees in winter. The result is a succinct and highly accessible exploration of some of the best-loved landscapes in art.

Additional information

Weight 541 g
Dimensions 16.8 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2015
Number of pages 112
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.8 x 23.5 cm
Weight 541 g


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Ralph Skea is a former Senior Lecturer in European Urban Conservation at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and has worked as an architect and town planner. His own paintings have been exhibited widely in Scotland since 1973.