Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Caricature of a Man with a Snuff Box, c. 1858
Charcoal heightened with white chalk on blue wove paper
23 1/8 x 13 in. (58.8 x 33 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2006.10
This signed sheet by the young Monet, then known as Oscar, is one of several caricatures he made to earn a living at the outset of his career. Employing his favored format of a large head on a tiny body, supported by even smaller legs and feet, Monet juxtaposes the giant nostrils with the snuff and the handkerchief in the man’s pocket—humorously prefiguring the enormous sneeze that will probably occur following its inhalation.