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The Red Kerchief

The Red Kerchief

c. 1868–73

Claude Monet

(French, 1840–1926)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 128.3 x 105.7 x 14.6 cm (50 1/2 x 41 5/8 x 5 3/4 in.); Unframed: 99 x 79.8 cm (39 x 31 7/16 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.39

Did you know?

Madame Monet’s red cape draws the viewer’s attention beyond the glass of the French doors capturing her glance, a brief moment frozen in time. This painting was very special to Monet and he kept it with him for his entire life.


This painting depicts Monet's first wife, Camille, outside on a snowy day passing by the French doors of their home at Argenteuil. Her face is rendered in a radically bold Impressionist technique of mere daubs of paint quickly applied, just as the snow and trees are defined by broad, broken strokes of pure white and green.


An Impressionist Masterpiece
An Impression
The Artist, Claude Monet
Monet's Painting Technique
Reworking the Composition
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