Monet’s Second Wife: Alice Hoschede
- July 8, 2014
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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, …..