Claude Monet

Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist movement which sought to express one's perception of nature through essence and the effect of light on forms. Plein air painting was the chosen subject matter of the movement, but when figures such as this one arose they were executed with the same style which left details gestural. Accordingly unrecognizable, the woman pictured here is Suzanne Hoschedé, daughter of Claude Monet's second wife, Alice Hoschedé. The painting was rendered from a low viewpoint, making Ms. Hoschedé's figure appear grand at the top of the grassy area.

Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist movement which sought to express one's perception of nature through essence and the effect of light on forms. He often painted the same scene multiple times as it endured the effects of light differing over the course of a day. In this painting, he captured three figures lounging under a canopy of large lilac bushes. As their forms recess into the shadows cast beneath the bushes, their flowers project into a dense cloud of foliage across the painting.