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Portrait of Madame Alice Hoschedé (afterwards, Madame Monet)
(Charles-Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran)

Description

This painting, of Madame Hoschedé, was dedicated to the artist’s friend Ernest Hoschedé, by all accounts, an eccentric character. Hoschedé was the director of a Parisian department store, an occasional art critic and avid collector. He frequented the Café Guerbois, where he kept the company of painters. Although his fortunes fluctuated, he compulsively bought paintings by Pissaro, Sisley, Degas and Monet, among others. Sisley, Manet and Monet were all guest for a time of the Hoschedé household and spent months painting at the Hoschedé mansion. It was during one of these stays, in the spring of 1878, that, it is suggested, Alice Hoschedé and Monet began a love affair. After Ernest Hoschedé was forced, due to utter financial ruin, to sell his extensive art collection (Monet bought back several paintings for significantly less than Hoschedé himself had originally paid Monet) his wife left him, and with complete disregard for social propriety, moving-in with Monet, nursing for a time his dying wife Susanne. Alice married the artist in 1891.

Measurements
22 x 15 ins. 55.9 x 38.1 cm.
Type
Oil on canvas
Provenance

Benno and Nancy Schmidt Collection
Wildenstein Galleries, New York

Exhibited

Matthiesen Gallery & Stair Sainty Matthiesen, ‘Spring Catalogue’, 2001

Where is It?
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Historical Period
Realism to Impressionism - 1840-1900
Subject
Genre or Daily Life
School
French
Price band
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