Let us together continue exploring the secrets of our paintings
We have learnt how careful Monet was with details, and how
important they have shown to be.
We noticed that the greatest importance is attached to the
characteristic details giving the figures their feature – their
identity. This was a gift that Monet improved already in school. He
recalled that he filled his school exercise books with: “…the faces
or profiles of my teachers in the most irreverent manner.”
Monet constructed a dramatic opposition between two modes of
representation: caricature and plein-air painting”. (Virginia Spate,
‘Monet – Life and work’, NY 1992).
Suzanne - the model
Suzanne acted as a model in situations where Monet earlier
painted his first wife Camille, (dies in 1879). They were as like as
two cherries. However, we recently found something characteristic
for Suzanne, something of her own, ‘The Curl’, do you remember?
We believe that this
is an interesting clue, and we simply have to follow this track!
Let us have a look
at this Photo of Suzanne, (from a photo of the Monet family in the
garden at Giverny), there it is again at her fore-head: ‘The Curl!’
Perhaps it is just a coincidence?
Let us proceed...