Portrait of Madame Monet (Madame Claude Monet Reading)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Portrait of Madame Monet (Madame Claude Monet Reading)

c. 1874

During the early 1870s, Renoir and Monet often painted side by side, producing images of the same subject and sometimes using each other—and other family members—as models. In Renoir’s informal portrait of Camille Monet, the painter’s wife sits on a comfortable sofa reading a paperback book. Small touches of color cover the canvas like stitches in a tapestry. A blue line runs down the middle of Mme Monet’s dress, echoing the angle of the Japanese fans on the wall.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 24 5/16 x 19 13/16 in. (61.7 x 50.3 cm) Frame: 34 x 29 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (86.4 x 75.9 x 8.3 cm)
Object Number 1955.612
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1933
Status On View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Madame Monet (Madame Claude Monet Reading), c. 1874, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.612.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, before 1891¹; [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, before 1891–1933, sold to Clark, 2 Feb. 1933]; Robert Sterling Clark (1933–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. The painting was re-entered as part of Durand-Ruel’s stock on 25 Aug. 1891, indicating that it had been purchased earlier.