Ernest Hoschede was a patron of Claude Monet’s and early Impressionist painting. The wealthy department store owner collected a number of paintings by Monet and had commissioned him to do a series of decorative panels for his country home at Mongeron. This commission led to a friendship between the two families. More and more frequently Ernest was absent from the family and Monet began to develop a closer friendship with Alice. In 1878 Ernest was faced with bankruptcy and was forced to sell his art collection. He spent most of his time in Paris, essentially abandoned his family including his wife Alice and their six children, Marthe, Blanche, Suzanne, Jaques, …..
Claude Monet spent some time in Trouville, Normandy, a popular resort along the English Channel, in the summer of 1870, shortly before the start of the Franco-Prussian war. He had just married his wife, Camille, on June 28 and this was their wedding trip. On August 12, Eugene Boudin and his wife joined the Monet’s at Trouville. Boudin was a forerunner of the French Impressionist movement and a mentor to Monet. His influence can be seen Monet’s beach scenes which he painted during his stay at Trouville. Monet spent about eight weeks in Trouville in which time he created some eleven paintings. The paintings depict two main themes, the beachfront …..
Claude Monet painted Woman with a Parasol in 1875. The woman standing on a green hill looking over her shoulder at the artist is his wife, Camille. Their son Jean, 8 years old at the time, stands by her side though further in the distance. Monet does a wonderful job here of creating a sense of a snapshot in time. Though the sitting might have taken a few hours he portrays it in such a way that suggests they were out for a stroll and were briefly interrupted while he captured their image. The brushwork along with the splashes of color such as the yellow and pink tones on Camille’s …..