The Red Kerchief: Portrait of Camille Monet, 1873
The first artist I fell in love with.
Freshman French class.
My brother John nurtured that love
by meeting me in downtown Chicago
for trips to the Art Institute.
Up close you see only brushstrokes.
Stand back and the picture emerges.
Born this day in 1840.
He kept this picture of his wife with him until his death in 1926.