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 ABOVE: A self-portrait of Charles Gleyre who Monet studied with in Paris.  OPPOSITE: Camille Doncieux, 1866, The Woman in the Green Dress . Camille became Monet’s wife and the mother of his children, as well as a favorite muse.

aunt, Marie-Jeanne Lecadre. From here Monet visited Paris where he was more influenced by painting what he saw than copying the old master in the Louvre like his young contemporaries. He stayed in Paris for a number of years and, in June 1861, joined the First Regiment of African Light Cavalry in Algeria. He signed up for seven years but was bought out by his aunt when he contracted typhoid fever two years later. In return for buying him out of the army, Monet’s aunt

expected him to enroll and complete a course at art school. Some commentators believe that Jongkind had some influence on this agreement. Monet, however, was not interested in the conventional and traditional schools of art and took up his studies with Charles Gleyre in Paris. It was then that he met his like-minded peers. He had met Manet on his first visit to Paris, but now he became associated with Renoir, Bazille, and Sisley. Monet became infatuated with his favorite muse, Camille Doncieux – who

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