Coming tomorrow: a guest post by Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille

Claude and Camille Stephanie CowellWhenever visiting the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, I was always struck by the deathbed portrait of Madame Monet by her husband Claude.

“Pretty” pastel colors, as in many Impressionist paintings, but at the same time a sense of infinite sadness, of utter bereavement. I knew of the passionate love between Claude and Camille, his many portraits of her, and the heartbreak of her untimely death, but the details eluded me.

Now Stephanie Cowell puts all of this in focus in her newly released novel, Claude and Camille. It is, says Stephanie, the story of the inspirational, tempestuous relationship between Claude Monet in his young, struggling years and his greatest muse, Camille Doncieux, who left her upper-class family to share his life. Set in the studios and garrets of nineteenth century Bohemian Paris, the novel takes them through war, friendship, and the beginnings of Impressionism in a world of inescapable change.

Stephanie was born to a family of artists and fell in love with writing and history at an early age.  She sang as a high soprano in opera and as an international balladeer, formed a singing ensemble, a chamber opera company, and produced concerts and Elizabethan festivals. She is the author of Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest, The Physician of London (American Book Award 1996), The Players: A Novel of the Young Shakespeare and Marrying Mozart which has been optioned for a film. She lives in her native New York City.

And the great news is that Stephanie will write a guest post for Versailles and more tomorrow to tell us more about the elusive Camille. She has also kindly agreed to give away one free copy of Claude and Camille.

Stay tuned!

FTC disclosure: I received a free review copy of Claude and Camille.

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