Camille and Jean, by Claude

Claude Monet (French, Impressionism, 1840-1926): The Promenade, Woman with a Parasol (Madame Monet and Her Son / note: Camille and Jean, Monet’s first wife and son), 1875. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA.

The image of Camille and Jean (The Promenade, Woman with a Parasol; 1875), seen so often by so many, may at first glance feel too familiar, perhaps overexposed. But, I feel nothing but its power. Monet’s luscious brushwork and gorgeous palette capture in a solitary moment the swift and breathless flow of wind, of air, of life itself in all of its ephemeral magic — and I am swept away. I feel the magnificence of not just this one mother and son and not just this one moment, but of all. Bravo, Claude! Here’s to timeless moments, by Claude Monet…

—Jules Cavanaugh


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