Dr. Leclenché

Claude Monet French

Not on view

Monet’s son Michel identified the sitter for this small, informal portrait as the artist’s physician, Dr. Leclenché. Made in 1864, when Monet was still developing his skills as a figure painter, the likeness is nonetheless full of expressive details, from the doctor’s jauntily crossed legs to the cigar he holds nonchalantly in his left hand. His slightly exaggerated gestures may owe a debt to Monet’s youthful stint as a caricaturist.

Dr. Leclenché, Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny), Oil on canvas

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