Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stephanie Cowell
Claude and Camille:  A Novel of Monet
This beautiful, bittersweet love story shows the impovished life of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet and his wife Camille-Leonie Doncieux. He left his seaside home and moved to Paris to make his fortune. She left her affluent home to become his muse, his wife, and to follow his dream.  Wealth and fame alluded Monet for most of his adult life, but Camille endured the hardships and his bouts with depression as she loved him.  The story depicts the Impressionist Movement in its infancy. The rejection and ridicule artists had to endure to gain acceptance and recognition in the insular art world was difficult. Near the end of his life Monet obtained his dream but his muse was no more.