Ross King
Writer, Self-Employed

Ross King is a bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. His latest book is Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (2016). He lives in Woodstock, UK.

Written by Ross King

American art collector and steel executive Leigh B Block and his wife read in their living room, Chicago, Illinois, July 1952. The home features a number of prominently displayed art works, from left, ‘Cour de Havre, St. Lazare Station’ by Camille Pissarro (top), a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Exotic Landscape’ by Henri Rousseau (over fireplace), a portrait by Henri Cezanne, ‘St. Lazare Station’ by Claude Monet (top, over piano), a Pierre Bonnard still life (bottom, over piano), and an Edgar Degas painting of bathers (over couch). Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty

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Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King