As Haystacks sells for a record $110.7m â€“ 5 locations around the world where you can see a Monet15th May 19 | Lifestyle
Surprisingly, when the painting last auctioned in 1986, it fetched only $2.5m.
The French painter Claude Monet is famous for his legendary landscapes and once said : “I am good at only two things, and those are gardening and painting.” And, as far as the latter is concerned, never a truer word was said.
Monet’s ‘Haystacks’ oil painting went under the hammer in Sotheby’s New York, fetching $110.7m (£85.7m). It set a new world record for a work by a French artist, and the sale is also the first time an Impressionist painting has sold for more than $100m.
The Haystacks series had 25 paintings in all, the majority of which hang in art galleries around the world.
Here’s where you can marvel at Monet’s magnificent use of colour and light – and open your eyes to some of the most celebrated works of the 20th Century…
1. The National Gallery, London: The Water-Lily Pond
Claude Monet’s water-lily paintings (Nympheas) are some of his most recognisable and celebrated works – the series consists of approximately 250 oil paintings – and have been described as ‘The Sistine Chapel of Impressionism.’ What’s striking about his brush strokes and use of colour, is that Monet’s eyesight was fading due to cataracts while he made them.
2. Musee d’Orsay, Paris: Women In The Garden
Head to Paris and you can feast your eyes on Women In The Garden – the faces are left vague (Camille, the artist’s first wife posed for three figures on the left), so it can’t be considered a portrait. But the subjects in their sunlit white dresses are a joy to behold thanks to his masterful depiction of the sun’s shadows and spectacular reflection on the garden path.
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Bridge Over A Pond Of Water Lilies
Monet was a keen horticulturalist and certainly knew how to make his paintings bloom. What’s unusual about this one – there are 12 in the series – is it’s vertical rather than horizontal, and really magnifies the beauty of the water lilies and their reflections on the pond.
4. Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany: Camille (The Woman In The Green Dress)
Camille was Monet’s leading lady in several paintings and what marks this particular work is that it’s early in his career, when he painted in a realist style, as opposed to Impressionist.
It was accepted into The Salon art exhibition (the greatest art event in its day) in 1866 and the first painting to bring him critical acclaim. It’s been suggested that to meet the Salon deadline, Monet completed the work in four days, but that’s open to question.
5. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, America: La Japonaise
Head to Boston and you’ll find one of the largest collections of Monet’s works outside of France. There’s a dedicated gallery with select loans from private collections, as well as a permanent collection. Highlights include canvases from the Grand Canal, Venice series and La Japonaise (Camille in Japanese Costume) – a full length portrait of her in a richly embroidered kimono.
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