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Claude Monet (1840-1926), 1875, Woman with a parasol or Madam Camille Doncieux Monet and their son Jean. (detail)

Claude Monet (1840-1926), 1876, La Japonaise or Madame Monet en costume japonais (detail), oil on canvas. Camille had been Monet’s model since they met in 1865. The couple lived in depressing poverty.

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.

Painting by Claude Monet, 1877, "Camille Holding a Posy of Violets," or "Portrait" Camille Doncieux Monet (1847-1879). Camille became ill after the Hoschedés family came to live with the Monets. Much of the money that Monet had made on the sale of his paintings paid for her medical care. The birth of the couple's second child in 1877 weakened her already fading health.

"Claude Monet Painting on His Studio Boat," by Édouard Manet, 1874. The shadowy female figure sitting with the artist is his wife and model Camille Doncieux Monet. at Argenteuil, village just outside of Paris. A spectacular stretch of the Seine, Shortly after moving there in 1871, Monet bought a boat and converted it into a floating studio. He kept it moored near his home and used it to get a vista of the riverbank from the water.

Painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), 1874, Madame Monet and her Son, oil on canvas. Camille and Monet were married on 28 June 1870 in the 8th arrondissement of Paris during a civil ceremony. Painter Gustave Courbet was a witness.

Claude Monet, 1866, The Woman in the Green Dress. She was 19 (detail). Camille Doncieux met Monet, seven years her senior, in 1865 and became his model posing for numerous paintings. She was Monet's mistress, living in poverty at the beginning of his career. She received critical acclaim at the Paris salon and earned him 800 francs when this painting was sold to Arsène Houssaye. In addition to being Monet's favoured model, she also modelled for Renoir and Édouard Manet.

Alice Hoschedé Monet (1844-1911) was the second wife of Monet. Little is known about Camille Doncieux Monet (1847-1879) mainly because Monet’s mistress and second wife, Alice Hoschede, was so jealous of Camille that she demanded that Monet destroy all mementos – letters, photos – anything – that attested to Camille’s very existence.