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 …..
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 …..
Following Monet’s monumental Luncheon on the Grass painted in 1865-1866, he created two other luncheon paintings, both titled The Luncheon. Monet’s The Luncheon completed in 1868 portrays a family scene set in Étretat in the house of a patron where Monet took refuge from his Parisian creditors and critics. It was around this time that Monet’s life was taking a turn and he was becoming a family man. In the painting we see the table set for an abundant luncheon at noon with Monet’s future wife, Camille, and their son Jean seated at the table. There is a guest standing near the table and a maid peeking through the door …..