Madame Monet is Monet’s wife Camille Doncieux, pictured here in contemplation in what was probably their Kensington home, at 1 Bath Place, where they lived with their three year old son Jean. The setting is thought of as unmistakably British, with a mantelpiece and large window typical of many homes in the area to this day. Camille sits with a book on her lap, apparently deep in thought.
Meditation (Madame Monet on the Sofa)
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 48.2 × 74.5 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Bequeathed by M. et Mme Raymond Koechlin, 1931
Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting. The term 'Impressionism' is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant
. Monet’s Impressionist work is characterised in terms of colours and shapes rather than scenes and objects, using bright colours in dabs and dashes, and featured the same setting painted many times to capture the changing light and seasons of the natural world.