Publisher: NBM Publishing
Released: October 1st 2017
I received a copy of Monet: Itinerant of Light from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Monet: Itinerant of Light is a graphic novel telling us the life and story of one of my favorite artists, Claude Monet. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about his life or at least wishing for more background for his painting history, then this is certainly a good start.
Obviously by the very nature of it being a graphic novel, it can only go so deep as a biography as an artist. Even so, it does a wonderful job on the whole, with the writers and artists trying to help set the tone for how Monet was feeling during a specific time, based on the events occurring in his life. In this way they tied everything together, giving us one cohesive piece of work and (hopefully) understanding of the painter most of us have at least heard of.
EFA did an absolutely stunning job imitating Monet’s works, something I’m having trouble getting over, and thus feel the need to mention. His use of illustrations (again, in Monet’s very own style) to tell us the struggles and stories of Monet…it’s simply breathtaking. I can’t say enough good things about this or even the slight artistic choices he made throughout.
The author, Salva Rubio did a pretty decent job of presenting us the facts as unbiased as possible (which I know can be very difficult when writing a biography). While the way I’m describing it makes it sound dry, let me assure you that isn’t the case. Rubio simply isn’t passing judgment or praise on any of Monet’s actions, merely repeating what research has been turned up as facts (and doing so in a fairly concise manner).
I hope Rubio and EFA team up to create biographies for other artists out there; I would absolutely love to see that. In the mean time I’ll have to settle for simply being happy that this one exists.