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Claude's Christmas menu

Giverny, December 25, 1886. The gifts have been placed under the tree installed in the small blue room. A magnificent tree, indeed. They are all there, Jean, Michel, Jean-Pierre, Suzanne, Marthe, Jacques, Blanche and Germaine, who are going to share the Christmas menu with Alice and Claude.

Willard Leroy Metcalf. On the Suffolk Coast. 1885. collection particulière.
Menu de Noël à Giverny. Source Fondation Monet

That day, exceptionally, we will have lunch at noon, thereby derogating from the sacrosanct rule of 11:30 a.m.

De gauche à droite, assis, Michel Monet, le petit dernier, derrière lui, Alice Hoschedé, Claude Monet, Jean-Pierre Hoschedé, Blanche Hoschedé, Jean Monet, Jacques Hoschedé, Marthe Hoschedé, en robe blanche au premier plan, derrière elle, Germaine et  à sa droite, Suzanne, avec sa robe à motifs.
De gauche à droite, assis, Michel Monet, le petit dernier, derrière lui, Alice Hoschedé, Claude Monet, Jean-Pierre Hoschedé, Blanche Hoschedé, Jean Monet, Jacques Hoschedé, Marthe Hoschedé, en robe blanche au premier plan, derrière elle, Germaine et à sa droite, Suzanne, avec sa robe à motifs.

That year, Claude Monet had Suzanne pose, standing on an embankment on the Ile aux Orties, which the artist had bought at the mouth of the Epte, to be able to work in peace.

Claude Monet, Essai de figure en plein air : femme à l'ombrelle tournée vers la gauche, en 1886, huile sur toile, H. 131,0 ; L. 88,7 cm. , © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
Claude Monet, Essai de figure en plein air : femme à l'ombrelle tournée vers la gauche, en 1886, huile sur toile, H. 131,0 ; L. 88,7 cm. , © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

1886 is also the year of the exhibition organized by Durand-Ruel in the United States and the reunion in Belle-île, of Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau, a prelude to an incredible friendship that will last until the death of the painter in 1926.


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