Camille Monet Reading (1872) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Camille Monet Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleCamille Monet Reading
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Camille Monet Reading

The artwork titled “Camille Monet Reading” was created by the celebrated Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1872. It is an oil on canvas painting, belonging to the genre of portraiture, characteristic of the Impressionist movement. This piece is housed in the Clark Art Institute, located in Williamstown, MA, US.

The artwork depicts Camille Monet, the wife of Claude Monet, who was a frequent subject for both artists. The painting shows her absorbed in reading a book, the details of which are lost in the loose brushwork typical of Impressionism. She is seated comfortably on a couch that is adorned with a patterned throw, which, like her dress, showcases Renoir’s deft handling of light, color, and texture to suggest form and material. Renoir’s interest in capturing the effects of light on surfaces can be seen in the way the light filters through the space, illuminating the figure and her surroundings with a vibrant yet soft glow. The background is rendered in a simple, muted blue, focusing our attention on the central figure and the sumptuous fabrics. Renoir’s signature can be seen in the lower left corner, completing this intimate and atmospheric portrayal of a quiet, personal moment.

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