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At Giverny, home of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, Blanche
Hoschedé painted for her own pleasure, adopting an almost pure form of
Impressionism. At times it was difficult to distinguish her work
from Monet’s, especially during her first years in Giverny when she
sometimes carried Monet’s easel and canvases on a wheel-barrow.
Then after helping him get situated, she would set her own easel and
paint. In fact, most of her work was done “en plein-aire” because
she did not have an atelier, and many of her scenes were of Monet’s
garden and its surroundings.
Monet, who became her father-in-law, took an interest in her career,
giving her palette, brushes and paint. In 1888, while in Antibes,
he encouraged Blanche to submit a work to the Paris Salon. And
writing in a letter from Italy to Alice he inquired: “Is Blanche still
painting and am I going to find her in progress?”
The Hoschedé Monet family shared a lot of moments with members of the
colony of American painters who visited Giverny. Blanche also
painted alongside with John Leslie Breck and Theodore Earl
Butler. She had a romance with John Leslie Breck, which was
halted by Claude Monet. Consequently, John Leslie Breck left
Giverny in 1892 after Theodore Earl Butler’s Monet-approved marriage to
Blanche’s sister, Suzanne.
In 1897, Blanche married Claude Monet’s eldest son, Jean, and they
lived in Rouen and Beaumont-le-Roger until 1913. She painted
meadow landscapes along the Risle’s river and also tree scenes with
poplars and pines.
Upon her husband’s death in 1914, she moved back to Giverny with Claude
Monet. With him, she first went to the house of French President
Georges Clemenceau in the southern part of France in
Saint-Vincent-du-Jar for one week in October of 1921. Doing
paintings of the house, garden and sea, she returned in 1927, 1928 and
Clemenceau called Blanche "The Blue Angel" because she spent her time
taking care of Claude Monet until his last days, and during his
illness, she gave up painting until after Monet’s death.
Most of her works were done in Giverny and around Rouen. She
painted in Giverny from 1883 to 1897 and then from 1926 to 1947.
She eventually decided to have a solo show at Bernheim Jeune, in 1931.
1927- Gallery Bernheim-Jeune Paris: Blanche Hoschedé (November 7-18 1927)
1931- Gallery Bernheim-Jeune Paris: Blanche Hoschedé Monet (March 9-20 1931)
1942- Gallery Daber, Paris: Blanche Hoschedé ( October 16- November 7 1942)
1947 Galerie d’Art Drouot Provence, Paris: Blanche Hoschedé Monet (March 14- April 14 1947)
Salon des Indépendants: 1905,1906,1907,1929,1930,1931,1932,1933,1934,1935,1936,1954.
Salon de la Société des Artistes Rouennais : 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1931, 1932, 1933,1934,1935.
1954- Galerie Zak, Paris, November 19-December 3 1954.
1957- Vernon, Blanche-Hoschedé-Monet, June 16-23 1957.
1959- Museum in Rouen: Blanche Hoschedé Monet, Henry Ottman, April 11-May 11 1959.
1991- AG Poulain, Vernon: Blanche Hoschedé Monet, April 6- June 2 1991
1960- Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New-York: Claude Monet and the Giverny Artists March 22-April 23 1960.
1988 Modern Art Museum Ibaraki, Kyoto, Fukushima: Monet and his Friends, November 1988- February 1989.
Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Albi : “Port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.”
Musée Clemenceau, Paris:” Garden in Giverny”; Belebat: “The Garden of Clemenceau”; Belebat: “The Garden and the House.”
Marmottan Museum, Paris: “Along the River”; “House of Sorel-Moussel”
Musée de Rouen: “Poplars along the River,” “Pivoines”, “Claude Monet’s Garden”
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse: The Garden and House of Claude Monet in Giverny
Musée de la Cohue, Vanne: “Le Bassin temps gris”
Musée A.G. Poulain, Vernon: “House of Claude Monet”;” l’Etang de Giverny”; “Beach in Normandy”,” The Cabbage”.
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