Claude Monet’s painting, Woman in the Green Dress, is a full-length portrait of his nineteen year old mistress, and later to be first wife, Camille Doncieux. The painting depicts Camille in a green and black striped dress, an Empire bonnet and a fur-trimmed jacket. Monet created the painting in 1866 with The Salon in mind. He had intended to create a monumental Luncheon on the Grass painting but opted to abandon it fearing it wouldn’t be completed in time. Instead Monet worked to complete the life-sized painting of Camille. The painting was accepted into the exhibition and helped to gain the fairly unknown artist some attention. Nearly all of the …..
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 …..