Camille Monet, (1847-1879) on a Garden Bench, oil on canvas, 1873
Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
The artist’s wife, Camille Doncieux is seated on a bench in their garden at Argenteuil.
This would seem to be one of the artist’s many dazzling paintings of this garden.
This is, however, a painting of his wife’s grief.
Her father died in 1873.
His daughter here is in a world, not of the garden, but of her grief. The flowers brought by a neighbor are discarded on the bench. She pays no further attention to him.
She is carrying a note. What it is we don’t know and it may be the note that brought her news of her father’s death.
A woman in the left rear is admiring the flowers. Nothing has changed for her and the world continues.