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Creator Name: Monet, Claude
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1840 - 1926
Creator Name-CRT: Claude Monet
Title: La capeline rouge
Title Type: Foreign
Title: The Red Cape, Camille Monet in the Snow
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1868
Creation End Date: 1870
Creation Date: 1868-1870
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 99cm x 79.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.39
Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Context: In its early stages, this composition contained two figures seated inside the room on either side of the window. Monet radically altered the composition by painting over the figures. They were replaced by an image of the artist's favorite model---his wife Camille, who passes outside the window in a red cape. Intense light---reflected from the snow-covered landscape---floods the room, obliterating details along the walls and floor. The off-center window frame and the blurriness achieved through sketchy brushstrokes suggest the scanning movement of the artist's eye as he viewed this scene. Contrasted with cold blues and silver whites, Camille's red cape draws the viewer's attention through the glass and into a swift exchange of glances, registering a brief moment in time. This painting evidently held special meaning for Monet, for he kept it with him until his death in 1926.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.39
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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