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Claude Monet, Camille on Her Death Bed

Bereavement: Coping With Loss

These commentaries illustrate resilience and vulnerability in the face of illness, loss, and adversity, and the uses of art in coping with loss.


Camille on Her Death Bed

Claude Monet

Bereavement at Wife's death
January 2003

Waterlilies: Green Reflections

Claude Monet

The effects of Monet's cataracts on his art
February 2003

The Water-Lily Pond—Symphony in Green

Claude Monet

Monet coping with cataracts as he paints in old age
February 2003

Evocation: The Burial of Casagemas

Pablo Picasso

Loss of friend by suicide
September 2003

La Vie

Pablo Picasso

Coping with loss of a close friend
October 2003

Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor)

Pablo Picasso

Coping with death of sister and rejection by his daughter
February 2011

Still Life With Open Bible and Zola's La Joie de Vivre

Vincent van Gogh

Response to his father's death
December 2003

The Artist and His Mother

Arshile Gorky

Mother's death
March 2004

The Art Critic

Norman Rockwell

Coping with wife's depression
April 2007

The Murderer Threatened (L'assassin Menacé)

René Magritte

Mother's suicide by drowning
August 2007


Edvard Munch

Coping with sister's death from tuberculosis
September 2007

Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

Édouard Manet

Coping with wife's tuberculosis
August 2008

The Convalescent

Helene Schjerfbeck

Recovery from illness
January 2009

Christina's World

Andrew Wyeth

Adapting to chronic illness
May 2009

La Cortisone

Raoul Dufy

Coping with debilitating Arthritis
April 2010

Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles

Vincent van Gogh

Stigma of mental illness
May 2010

Portrait of Francisco Lezcano–The "Niño de Vallecas"

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

Coping with dwarfism
March 2011


Ben Shahn

Loss of work and dignity
May 2012