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Claude Monet, 'Woman Seated on a Bench', 1874

Key facts
Full title Woman Seated on a Bench
Artist Claude Monet
Artist dates 1840 - 1926
Date made 1874
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 73.7 × 55.9 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from Tate: Presented by the Art Fund 1926
Inventory number L718
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from Tate: Presented by the Art Fund 1926, © 2000 Tate
Collection Main Collection
Woman Seated on a Bench
Claude Monet

The sitter, who was once thought to be Monet's first wife Camille, whom he married in 1870, was in fact a professional model who also posed for other artists, including Degas.

This work was probably painted in the summer at Argenteuil. The very free handling of the paint may reflect the influence of Edouard Manet, who was working alongside Monet at the time.

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