Collection Created By: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Claude Monet, French, 1840・・1926
La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume)
Claude 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ﾂidentity.