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La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume)La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume)
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La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume)

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. Read more...

Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery
231.8 x 142.3 cm (91 1/4 x 56 in.)
Oil on canvas
Public Domain, Courtesy of the MFA Boston
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