The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 27, 2017

The Red Kerchief, ca. 1868-1873

oil on fabric, Framed: 128.2 x 105.7 x 14.6 cm (50 1/2 x 41 5/8 x 5 11/16 in); Unframed: 99 x 79.8 cm (38 15/16 x 31 3/8 in). Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.39

In its early stages, this composition contained two figures seated inside the room on either side of the window. Monet radically altered the composition by painting over the figures. They were replaced by an image of the artist's favorite model---his wife Camille, who passes outside the window in a red cape. Intense light---reflected from the snow-covered landscape---floods the room, obliterating details along the walls and floor. The off-center window frame and the blurriness achieved through sketchy brushstrokes suggest the scanning movement of the artist's eye as he viewed this scene. Contrasted with cold blues and silver whites, Camille's red cape draws the viewer's attention through the glass and into a swift exchange of glances, registering a brief moment in time. This painting evidently held special meaning for Monet, for he kept it with him until his death in 1926.

Not signed

Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie. Claude Monet: Exposition rétrospective (1931), no. 6 (repr.). Paris, Durand-Ruel. Claude Monet de 1865 à 1888 (1935), no. 16, La capeline rouge, portrait de Mme Monet, 1873, appartient à Michel Monet. New York, World's Fair (Pavillon de la France). Five Centuries of History Mirrored in Five Centuries of French Art (1939), no. 360, The Red Hood (Portrait of Mme Monet), lent by É. Molyneux, Paris; pl. lxv. New York, Wildenstein & Co. A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Claude Monet (1945), no. 26, 28 (repr.), as 1878. New York, Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum. Claude Monet-Seasons and Moments (1960), no. 13, as ca. 1872. Art Institute of Chicago. Paintings by Monet (1975), 24; no. 26 (repr.), as 1867-68. Paris, Grand Palais. Hommage à Claude Monet (1980), no. 25 (repr.), as before 1870. cma. Creativity in Art and Science (1987), no. 2 (repr.), as ca. 1870. Art Institute of Chicago. Claude Monet 1840-1926 (1995), no. 25, 244 (repr.), as late 1860s-early 1870s. Text by Charles F. Stuckey. Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection; San Francisco, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens. Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige (1998-99), 31-33 (fig. 6), 86, no. 4, 87, and back cover, as 1869-70 or 1871. The Baltimore Museum of Art (10/10/99 - 1/30/00); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (3/25/00 - 5/7/00); The Cleveland Museum of Art (5/28/00 - 7/30/00); "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections", exh. cat. no. 44, pp. 25, 126-127, color repr. p. 127. Kunsthaus Zurich (10/29/2004 - 2/27/2005): "Monet's Garden", fig. 9, p. 25. CMA (organizer). Beijing World Art Museum, China, May 26 - Aug. 27, 2006; Mori Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan: Sept. 9 - Nov. 26, 2006; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, Feb. 21-June 1, 2008; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, June 22 - September 21, 2008; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art" Art Institute of Chicago (2/14/2009 - 4/26/2009): "Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth" Réunion des musées nationaux (organizer). Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris (9/20/2010 - 1/24/2011): "Claude Monet", ex. cat. no. 103, p. 254-255. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH (8/27/2015 - 1/3/2016): Lend-Back - Painting the Modern Garden Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (10/16/2016 – 1/29/2017) and California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA (2/25/2017 – 5/29/2017): "Claude Monet: The Early Years"

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