Claude Monet (1840–1926), 1872, Impression Sunrise, oil on canvas. The term #Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Soleil Levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
Claude Monet, 1874, Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil. A second son Michel was born in 1877 but happiness for Claude and Camille could not last. Poor, quiet Camille was unwell, the second pregnancy weakened her further. Her pelvis was riddled with cancer. What money he made Monet spent on medical care but it was often not enough to stop her pain. He tried to paint quick pictures to sell but, under stress and deeply unhappy, they were shoddy and raised little cash.
Painting by Auguste Renoir, 1872, "Camille Monet Reading,". Camille was the wife of Claude Monet and her muse since Camille Doncieux Monet (1847-1879) Camille was so cooperative that she freely posed for Monet’s painter friends, too.