Monet’s favourite model:Camille Doncieux

Camille_Monet_by_Greiner,_1871Camille Doncieux (15 January 1847 – 5 September 1879) was the first wife of French painter Claude Monet.

She was the subject of a number of paintings by Monet, as well as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet. She was mother to two sons with Monet.

← Greiner, Camille Monet, 1871
While in her teens, Doncieux began work as a model.
She met Monet, seven years her senior, in 1865 and became his model posing for numerous paintings.
She was Monet’s mistress, living in poverty at the beginni

Claude Monet – 1860

ng of his career.

His aunt and father did not approve of the relationship with Camille.
Camille and Monet were married on 28 June 1870 during a civil ceremony.
Painter Gustave Courbet was a witness.The couple took their son Jean with them on their honeymoon to Trouville-sur-Mer and stayed at the Hotel Trivoli.
They lived at Bath Place, now Kensington High Street, by early 1871. It was here that Monet made the only painting of Camille that he made in London Entitled Repose, she sat in a chaise lounge with a book on her lap.

Camille Monet on her deathbed, 1879, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Their second son, Michel was born in 1877 and Camille’s poor health was further degraded.Camille became ill after the Hoschedés family came to live with the Monets. Much of the money that Monet had made on the sale of his paintings paid for her medical care. The birth of the couple’s second child in 1877 weakened her already fading health.

On her deathbed, last rites were given by a priest on August 31, 1879. He also
sanctioned the Monet’s marriage.

She died of pelvic cancer(although there are claims the cause of her death was tuberculosis,or even a botched abortion) on 5 September 1879 in Vétheuil. Monet painted her on her death bed.

Paintings by Claude Monet


Camille in Japanese costume, 1876
Claude_Monet-Camille_en_la_playa_de_Trouville.jpgCamille en la playa de Trouville, 1870, painted during her honeymoon



River Scene at Bennecourt, Seine, 1868



Claude Monet’s Camille (The Woman in the Green Dress), 1866


Camille Monet on a Garden Bench


Camille au métier


Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son

  • Luncheon on the Grass (center), 1865
  • The Walk (Bazille and Camille), 1865
  • Camille with a Small Dog, 1866
  • Camille or The Woman in a Green Dress, 1866
  • Interior, after Dinner, 1868
  • River Scene at Bennecourt, 1868
  • The Landing Stage, 1869
  • Camille Sitting on the Beach at Trouville, 1870
  • Camille at the Beach at Trouville, 1870
  • Camille on the Beach, 1870
  • Madame Monet on a Couch, 1871
  • Camille Reading, 1872
  • Lilacs in the Sun, 1872
  • The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Mrs. Monet, 1873
  • The Bench, 1873
  • Ripose under the Lilacs, 1873
  • Poppy Field near Argenteuil, 1873
  • Camille Monet at a Window, Argenteuil, 1873
  • The Walk near Argenteuil, 1873
  • Camille and Jean Monet at the Garden of Argenteuil, 1873
  • Camille in the Garden with Jean, 1873
  • Woman Seated on a Bench, 1874
  • The Artist’s Family in the Garden, 1875
  • Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil, 1875
  • Madame Monet Embroidering, 1875
  • Gladiolas, 1876
  • Camille Monet in Japanese Costume, 1876
  • Camille in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1876
  • Woman in Garden, 1876
  • In the Meadow, 1876
  • The Garden, Hollyhocks, 1877
  • Camille on her Deathbed, 1879


Paintings by other artists

800px-Pierre-Auguste_Renoir_-_Madame_Monet_and_her_SonPierre-Auguste Renoir, Madame Monet and her son, National Gallery of Art

Édouard_Manet_--The_Monet_Family_in_Their_Garden_at_ArgenteuilÉdouard Manet, The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil, Metropolitan Museum of Art




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