Le Grand Tout: Monet on Belle-Île and the Impulse toward Unity

  title={Le Grand Tout: Monet on Belle-{\^I}le and the Impulse toward Unity},
  author={Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer},
  journal={The Art Bulletin},
  pages={323 - 341}
Claude Monet's thirty-eight paintings of Belle-Île's western coast (1886) were hailed by critics as signaling a groundbreaking shift whose serial conception, abstracted aesthetic, and “savage” tenor transcended Impressionist naturalism, announcing a new, antimodernist, and primitivizing manner. The period's evolving pantheistic and proto-phenomenological ontologies awash in notions of “wholeness” and “universality,” and the painter's friendship, initiated on Belle-Île, with the critic Gustave… 
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