Ernest Hoschedé was a business man and art collector.
He was a patron of Monet, and became a close friend. He married Alice, a relatively wealthy woman of Belgian origin, and they had six chidren.
Monet had married Camille Doncieux, and they had two children. The two families spent time together, in an atmosphere of friendly companionship.
Ernest, who had an extravagant lifestyle, became bankrupt in 1877, and Monet, although financially affected by the event, invited the Hoschedé family to live with him and Camille, while Ernest struggled to find employment in Paris.
Camille died in 1879, and some time afterwards Claude and Alice began an affair. They married a year after Ernest’s death in 1891.
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, the daughter of Alice, became a pupil of Monet, and married his son Jean. She became largely responsible for the house and gardens at Giverny after Claude’s death.
Another daughter, Suzanne, married the American painter Theodore Earl Butler, who often stayed with the family at Giverny.
Paul Baudry, Portrait d’Ernest Hoschedé, oil on canvas, 130 x 99 cm, Private Collection
Carolus-Duran, Portrait de Mme Hoschedé, 1878, oil on canvas, 56 x 38 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
Edouard Manet, Ernest Hoschedé et sa fille Marthe, 1876, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Claude Monet, La Femme à l’ombrelle, Camille Doncieux et son fils, 1875, oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA
Claude Monet, La Japonaise, portrait de Madame Monet en kimono, 1876, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Claude Monet, Camille sur son lit de mort, 1879, oil on canvas, 90 x 68 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé, 1880, oil on canvas, 38 x 38 cm, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France
Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé à son chevalet, Suzanne Hoschedé lisant, 1887, oil on canvas, 91 x 98 cm, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Alfred Sisley, Le Jardin de M. Hoschedé à Montgeron, 1881, oil on canvas, 56 x 54 cm, Pouchkine Museum, Moscow, Russia
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Le Saule, la roseraie et les nymphéas à Giverny, oil on canvas, Private Collection
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Meule de foin à Giverny, oil on canvas, Private Collection
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Peupliers d’Ajoux à Giverny, oil on canvas, Private Collection
Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Sous bois, oil on canvas, Private Collection
BT, 23 January, 2018, Meeting No 9