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The Red Kerchief

The Red Kerchief

c. 1868–73

Claude Monet

(French, 1840-1926)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 128.3 x 105.7 x 14.6 cm (50 1/2 x 41 5/8 x 5 3/4 in.); Unframed: 99 x 79.8 cm (39 x 31 7/16 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.39

Description

This painting depicts Monet's first wife, Camille, outside on a snowy day passing by the French doors of their home at Argenteuil. Her face is rendered in a radically bold Impressionist technique of mere daubs of paint quickly applied, just as the snow and trees are defined by broad, broken strokes of pure white and green.

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