Claude Monet (1840-1926) was both the most typical and the most individual painter associated with the Impressionist movement. His long life and extraordinary work were dedicated to a pictorial exploration of the sensations which reality, and in particular landscape, offer the human eye. Monet's poplars, grain stacks, Rouen Cathedral, and waterlily paintings -- among the most beloved works of the Impressionist period -- were created long before the currents of the contemporary avant-garde, and had an inestimable influence on the development of modern art. This book traces the life's work of one of art history's most beloved painters. This special edition has been issued in honor of Taschen's 25th anniversary. Big, hardbound, color.