Art: Fields of Energy

"One might ask," the catalogue begins with unwonted nervousness, "why look at Monet again?" Indeed, no artists have been more exposed than the impressionists; but the day when Claude Monet, their leader, could become a bore is (happily) not yet. Apart from the delectability of his work, it becomes increasingly clear that Monet, whose painting life began in the 1860s and spanned almost 70 years, was as fundamental to 20th century art as Cézanne. Bonnard, Pollock and Rothko, not to mention every color-field painter who came out of an art school, lie cradled...

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