Today is the second day of Sophistique Noir's Red & Black Week and I shall make a post about two paintings of Claude Oscar Monet (1840-1926). He was an impressionist and I do like several of his paintings, but these two fit the theme of the week best.
First I would like to introduce to you Camille au Petit Chien (1866). If my knowledge is correct, it belongs to a private collection at the moment, but lucky for us, there are still photos of it. Camilla with a Little Dog is a potrait of a female against dark background. I think the contras between the darkness and her pale face is striking. Her outfit makes another contras of color, that rich red and black and white stripes are a combination which certanly makes my gothic heart pound! There is also yet another interesting contrast, between the face of Camille and the dog she is holding. The quick brushstrokes of the god make it either shaggy or very lively, as if it would be hard to keep it still in Camilla's arms. I must say, that by first glance, the little dog could also be a pile of feathers, but maybe that is a bit mean to say. ;) Anyway, I do think this painting is extremely good and it has a place in my heart.
This picture I got of the painting is slightly more bright red than it actually should be. Camille, who was the artists love and who is posing in the other painting too, had more blonde than ginger hair in this painting. Also, her robe was more like imperial red, not this bright.
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