Woman with a Parasol Painting

WHO WAs claude monet?

Monet was born on November 14, 1840. Throughout his artistic career he had numerous notable acquaintances and mentors who helped him home in on his skills.

historical overview

Impressionism occurred in Paris during the late 1800s when the perception and development of art took a turn away from the French Academy and its Academic painting styles.

it started with impression, sunrise

Monet exhibited this at the first exhibition of the anonymous group of artists called Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs.

predecessors of impressionism

Monet and the other Impressionists were also influenced by other artistic styles, such as the Barbizon School, that impacted their style and led to their establishment in the art society. 

compositional overview

It has been suggested that Monet may have painted his Woman with a Parasol either in a single sitting or several hours.

subject matter

In this painting, Monet painted his wife, Camille-Léonie Doncieux, and Jean, his first son. We see the two figures standing together on an embankment.

subject matter

The entire composition has movement to it, the way Camille is standing in the wind and the way Monet painted the flowing ribbons here and there all add to the dynamism.

color and light

Color and light are almost the primary subject matter in Monet’s Woman with a Parasol painting. We see beautiful shades of blues, whites, greens, yellows, and hints of purple-reds and oranges.


Monet painted the scene from a lower point of view. As we notice how Camille is looking down at Monet, and ultimately at the viewers, we are also met with the largely blue sky behind her.