Claude Monet Was Distraught

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From Obit, a side of the impressionist master you may not have read very much about:

“Impressionist Claude Monet was distraught. Despite a few adulatory
press notices and the sale of some paintings and works on paper, the
38-year-old artist could not support his small family. Constantly
broke, Monet approached collectors as well as friends and colleagues
such as Frederic Bazille, Gustave Courbet, and Edouard Manet for loans
and handouts. He could hardly afford art supplies. And now his wife,
Camille Doncieux, the mother of his two young sons, was on her
deathbed. She was 32.

“Though he would live for 47 more years, enjoying love and fame, Monet
carried Camille always in his heart. His tender depiction of her was
hanging in his bedroom when he died at the age of 86 in 1926. After the
oil entered the collection of Michel Monet, the executor of his
father’s estate, the work remained unknown for 38 years. Today, it
belongs to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and is often on view.”

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