Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Country of Origin, for Customs, France
55.3 x 64.7 cm (21 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)
Camille, Monet's first wife, is shown with a child in the garden of their house in Argenteuil, near Paris, where they lived between 1872 and 1877. The shimmering reds, blues, greens, and white that capture the brilliance of a sun-drenched day are applied with many small brushstrokes, whose varied shapes create the different textures of flowers, grass, and clothing.
Lower left: Claude Monet 75
October 1875, possibly sold by the artist to Clément Courtois, Mulhouse [see note 1]. Julius Oehme, Paris. 1900, with Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York. By 1905, Desmond FitzGerald (b. 1846 - d. 1926), Brookline, MA [see note 2]; April 21, 1927, FitzGerald sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 187, sold for $12,000 to Edwin Sibley Webster (b. 1867 - d. 1950) and Jane Hovey Webster (b. 1870 - d. 1969), Newton, MA; by descent to an anonymous donor, New York; 1976, year-end, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1977) NOTES:  The provenance given here (to 1927) is taken from Daniel Wildenstein, "Monet: Catalogue Raisonné" (1996), vol. 2, p. 157, cat. no. 382.  He lent the painting to the exhibition "Loan Collection of Paintings by Claude Monet and Eleven Sculptures by Auguste Rodin," Copley Society, Boston, March 1905, cat. no. 29.
Anonymous gift in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Webster