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Woman with a parasol (Camille Monet and son Jean)

Painting, 1875, 100×81 cm

Description of the artwork «Woman with a parasol (Camille Monet and son Jean)»

Claude Monet frankly admitted that in addition to painting and gardening on what is no longer useful. And perhaps worst of all he was able the role of the husband, especially the first time.

Camille Monet was one of the most miserable and unfortunate of women throughout the history of the scenic heroines, and wives of artists. 18-year-old model Camilla Donse, the daughter of a merchant, posing young handsome Monet paintings for "The woman in green" one of the most successful and rapidly became famous. Painting is not just accepted in the Cabin, but was awarded several good reviews. Nice Camille, Monet happy, they are young, in love and they think that everyone is beautiful in their lives is just beginning.

Following a few desperate years, Camille and Claude live in a damp, cold rooms, often without electricity and heating, and very often without food. Sometimes Renoir comes to visit them, to write along with Claude (including Camille), and brings a little of bread for a few days enough. Sometimes in the night they collect things and run from the next farm-house, knowing that the next morning will not be able to pay the owner of the debt for a few months. Claude works from morning till night, like a man possessed, without the approval in the official Salon, no recognition among customers. His pictures do not buy. At least 30, 50 francs he was ready to get the dime. Camilla when the time comes to give birth, Monet would go to look for inspiration – not really like mad love.

From afar, it will be in the letters beg Frederick Basile send hungry Camille money, appealing to his humanity, and came back briefly, almost surprised to find that the child truly happy. Father and aunt Mona, after learning about his mistress, denied the contents and require to throw both a lover and newborn son.

Claude writes Camille excitedly, constantly and almost all the portraits in the eyes of Camilla is such a bottomless abyss, and such irreparable sadness that identify her among models of the artist can be for this hopelessness. She dies at the age of 32, in 1879, in terrible agony, all the care about it during a severe illness take on another woman Alice Aside which by that time will be in the house of Monet feel full hostess.

It will take more than 10 years – and the Ghost of Camille Monet with a parasol happened to see, returning in the evening after the open air in his garden in Giverny. On the mound, against a great sky, was his stepdaughter Suzanne. "Just like Camille at Argenteuil! Tomorrow will come here, you're going to pose!"

He puts Suzanne in the desired position, forbidden to move and chasing a Ghost long gone over the horizon Camilla. Furious, he kicked one of the two etudes (1, 2), tearing canvas, Susanna faints from the heat, Monet in despair – it did not work. Woman with a parasol turned to the left, and the woman with umbrella turned to the right, can not see the face. Critics unanimously declare that they are masterpieces compared to the first picture painted in Argenteuil, more dynamic, perfectly balanced, expertly executed to create a sense of scenic integrity. But when you see all three of them together, it is difficult to get rid of the idea that faceless, frozen in the correct positions left and right women two stationary Ghost light that suddenly turned to the artist, disturbing, still alive, but ready to hide behind the hill, Camilla.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape, Genre scene

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1875

Size: 100×81 cm

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