Claude Monet worked on The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Mrs. Monet during 1868-1878. For Monet, the house in Argenteuil provided a sanctuary from the competition and conflicts of the art world in Paris.
With renewed interest he turned to subjects that included his wife and son, offering an intriguing view into the pleasure he took in his private life. There is a sense of a quick glance in his portrait of Camille passing just outside the window, protected from the winter's chill in a fashionable red cape.
On the next page, learn about Monet's La Grenouillere, his painting of a floating cafe.