Impressionists were very busy on their holidays. Woman with a Parasol — showing Madame Monet and her son belongs to a series of paintings executed by Monet during the summers of 1875 and 1876, and depicting the garden of his second home at Argenteuil. The human figure, which had played a negligible role in his paintings in previous years, took on renewed importance, with his beloved wife Camille serving as his constant model. This painting was one of eighteen that the artist contributed to the second impressionist show (held in April 1876). Exhibited under the title La Promenade, it received relatively little notice at the time, but the few comments were favorable.
Woman with a Parasol
oil on canvas • 100 × 81 cm