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Art and Images in Psychiatry
January 2003

Camille on Her Deathbed

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003;60(1):13. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.60.1.13

CAMILLE-LEONIE DONCIEUX Monet (1847-1879) died at 32 years of age after a protracted illness, most likely metastatic cervical cancer.1 She had been the inspiration and model for her husband, Claude Monet (1840-1926). In 1866, despite his youth, Monet's painting of Camille (Woman in Green Dress) was accepted and acclaimed at the annual Paris Salon, the conservative arbiter of subject matter and style in painting.2 In the ensuing 12 years, Camille, either alone or with her son, was the primary model for his paintings.

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