Camille Monet in Japanese Costume
Claude Monet
Camille Monet in Japanese Costume
Claude Monet (French, Impressionism, Japonism, 1840-1926): La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876. Oil on canvas, 231.8 x 142.3 (91-1/4 x 56 Inches) cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.





"Monet exhibited this work at the second group show of the Impressionist painters in 1876, where it attracted much attention. Large-scale figure paintings had traditionally been considered the most significant challenge for an artist. Using this format, Monet created a virtuoso display of brilliant color that is also a witty comment on the current Paris fad for all things Japanese. The woman shown wrapped in a splendid kimono and surrounded by fans is Monet's wife, Camille, wearing a blond wig to emphasize her Western identity." (© 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)