Monet in the News

Sotheby's auctions Monet's La Seine a' Argenteuil in New York in May

Claude Monet, La Seine a' Argenteuil

La Seine a' Argenteuil
oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 28 5/8 in. (60 x 72.8 cm.)

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
New York, New York
May 3, 2011, 7:00 PM

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 3 May 2011 in New York will offer an impressive range of paintings and sculpture from across the periodincluding Claude Monet's La Seine a' Argenteuil.

Monet's Water Lilies United

Monet'S Water Lillies United at the Nelson Atkins' Museum of Art

Monet's Water Lilies
The Nelson Atkins' Museum of Art
April 9 - August 7, 2011
Kansas City, Missouri

Monet's Water Lilies will re-unite the three panels of one of Claude Monet's most richly colored late Water Lilies triptychs, created between 1915 and 1926.

One of only two triptychs by Monet in the United States, this exhibition brings together the panels owned by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art for the first time in a generation.

Monet's Les Peupliers goes on Sale at Christies

Moet, Poplars
Les Peupliers
oil on canvas
45¾ x 28½ in. (116.2 x 72.2 cm.)
Painted in 1891

Sale 2437
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale
4 May 2011
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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Les Peupliers is the largest of twenty-four views of poplar trees on the bank of the river Epte that Monet painted in 1891, the second of his important late series. Monet had experimented with the serial approach in the late 1880s at Belle-Île, Antibes, and Juans-les-Pins, exploring a sharply limited set of compositional options under a range of different lighting and weather effects. The series became Monet's principal working mode with the twenty-five paintings of wheatstacks in the countryside near Giverny that he completed in February 1891, systematically extracting variation after variation from the same motif.

Monet Retrospective at Paris

The Grand Palais is mounting the biggest solo show devoted to the Impressionist master Claude Monet, with 169 canvases loaned by 75 museums and private collectors. The exhibition space will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sept. 22- Jan. 24, 2011).

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New Book on Monet's first wife

Monet and His Muse: Camille Monet in the Artist's Life
Mary Mathews Gedo

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"The mourning never stops, it just changes." (Edward Albee)

For Claude Monet (1840–1926), the founder of French Impressionist painting, these words are a fitting testament to his lifelong relationship with the female muse, most notably—and most hauntingly—with his first wife, the model Camille Doncieux.

For the esteemed clinical psychologist and art historian Mary Mathews Gedo, Monet and His Muse represents a project twenty years in the making. Artfully interweaving biographical insight with psychoanalytic criticism, Gedo takes us on an exploration of Claude Monet’s conflicted relationships with women, complete with exquisitely researched material never before understood about one of our most popular—and inimitable—artists. Beginning with Monet’s childhood, Gedo delves into his relationships with a distant, unreliable father and his beloved, doting mother—whose death when Monet was just sixteen, the author establishes, inspired a lifetime preoccupation with the sea, its lushly imagined flora, and the figurative landscapes Monet painted to such acclaim.

And then—Camille. Entering Monet’s life when he was still a young man, becoming first his model and then mistress and then—finally—his wife, Camille Doncieux always fulfilled the function of muse, even after her life had ended, as Monet not only painted her one last time on her deathbed, but preserved her memory through the gardens he planted at his home in Giverny. Demonstrating how Monet’s connections with women were exceedingly complex, fraught with abusive impulses and infantile longing, Gedo sensitively uses Monet and Camille as exemplars in order to explore links between artists and muses in our modern age.

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Monet Sells for $15.2 million

Claude Monet’s Effet de printemps à Giverny (1890) sold for $15.2 million at Sotheby’s New York in May.

Claude Monet's remains to be moved to the PanthÉon


The remains of Claude Monet could be moved from his resting place in the village of Giverny to the Panthéon, the last resting place of France's official heroes.

Eighty-four years after the artist's death, President Nicolas Sarkozy is considering whether to honour a promise made by his predecessor, and move the remains of the Impressionist painter to the Panthéon, the Independent reports.

The idea was revived by the art critic and gallery owner, Guy Wildenstein, to coincide with a large Monet exhibition that will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris from September.

Eleven years ago, former President Chirac promised Mr Wildenstein's father, Daniel Wildenstein – the leading expert on Monet – that he would have the painter's remains moved to the Panthéon.

The idea was dropped after the then-culture minister insisted Monet (1840-1926) should remain buried in Normandy in the village churchyard in Giverny, 60 miles west of Paris, close to his celebrated house and water lily garden.

But Mr Wildenstein Jr, told Mr Sarkozy that the Panthéon's claim to be the last resting place of the official Great and Good of France is undermined by one surprising omission: it contains no celebrated artist, and just one painter, the obscure neo-classicist Joseph-Marie Vien (1716-1809), a favourite of Napoleon.

"I don't want to denigrate (Vien's) talent but all the same," Mr Wildenstein told the paper. "Monet was an artist of the greatest importance, who influenced an entire generation."

Mr Sarkozy was said to be seriously considering the idea. It comes after he was accused last year of a form of political grave digging after he suggested that the body of the novelist Albert Camus should be moved into the Panthéon. Left-wing politicians accused the centre-right president of trying to snatch the body of one of their heroes and literary critics complained that a spiritual rebel like Camus should not be placed among the official heroes of the French republic.

A new Book on Monet's first Wife: Monet and His Muse: Camille Monet in the Artist's Life

by Mary Mathews Gedo
publish date, May 15 2010

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Announces the Exhibition Monet and Abstraction

Sunset at Étretat
Musée des beaux-arts, Nancy


This coming February, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid are presenting the exhibition Monet and Abstraction. It offers a survey of the work of the great French Impressionist painter from an innovative perspective and one never previously employed in the context of a temporary exhibition of this scale and importance, namely the artist's relationship with the development of abstraction in the second half of the 20th-century.

From his ethereal London landscapes to the monumental depictions of his garden at Giverny where he spent the last forty years of his life, the exhibition looks at how Claude Monet's permanent obsession with capturing the instantaneous led him to break down pictorial representation to the point of reaching the threshold of abstraction. It also analyses how, around the middle of the 20th-century, the young generation of European and American abstract artists rediscovered his art and elevated the figure of Monet to the status of undisputed prophet of the material-based trends within abstraction. Monet thus came to occupy the fundamental role within the history of art that he still maintains today.

Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, Adolph Gottlieb, André Masson, Philip Guston and Gerhard Richter were among the young artists who turned back to Monet. The present exhibition now offers the chance to see their work in the context of a fascinating dialogue with that of the Impressionist master, revealing numerous connections. Exhibiting Monet's painting in this new way allows for an analysis of the important influence that he exerted on the development of certain aspects of abstraction in the second half of the 20th-century and hence his key role in the development of modern art.

More than 100 works have been assembled for this new project, jointly organised by the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid. It has benefited from the fundamental collaboration of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, where the exhibition will be seen in the summer of 2010 after its Madrid showing. The French museum has lent a magnificent group of works from the major legacy of works by Monet that it houses. Also important are the numerous loans from museums and private collections around the world, particularly Europe and the USA.

Delacroix To Monet
To Open Jan. 30 At Santa Barbara Museum

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c. 1872

Assembled over a period of more than 140 years, the collection of The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Md., entails one of the finest holdings of Nineteenth Century paintings in the United States.

The only West Coast venue for the exhibition, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will present Delacroix to Monet: Masterpieces of Nineteenth Century Painting from The Walters Art Museum January 30–May 30.

The exhibition includes 40 works from this collection. Although strongly weighted in favor of French painting, this exhibition, like the collection, also includes major works by British, Spanish and American artists.

Also on view is one of The Walters' most beloved works of art, Springtime, circa 1872, by Claude Monet. During the early 1870s, Monet frequently depicted his wife, Camille, and their son, Jean, in the backyard garden. In Springtime, Monet was interested less in capturing a likeness than in studying how unblended dabs of color could suggest the effect of brilliant sunlight filtered through leaves.

Click here to access and download a large, high quality image of Monet's Springtime can be downloaded at the Walters Museum

Stolen Monet found in Poland

Beach at Pourville


Police have found Claude Monet’s painting Beach at Pourville, stolen nine years ago and worth millions of dollars.

The painting has been found in Olkusz, southern Poland - 41-year-old Robert Z., suspected of the theft, has been detained.

Beach at Pourville was stolen on 19 September 2000 from the National Museum in the western city of Poznan. The painting, worth from 3 to 7 million dollars, located in the Monet exhibition room, was not properly protected – there were no CCTV cameras in the room and the paintings were not in glass cases. The thief cut the painting out of the frame and replaced it with a forgery.

Beach at Pourville is the only painting by Claude Monet in a Polish art collections. It was painted in 1882 and is one of a series of canvases that depict a seascape of Pourville. The museum in Poznan, then in Germany, bought the painting in 1906.

Monet's La Plage A Trouville goes for sale

An important seaside view painted by Monet in 1870, La Plage à Trouville (The Beach at Trouville) was sold for £7.66 million ($15,310,000) in contrast to its failure to find a taker on its previous appearance at Sotheby's on June 27, 2000. It was then sold "by private treaty," as the legal phrase goes when referring to transactions that take place following a failure at auction.

Monet's La Plage A Trouville goes on Sale in London

La Plage à Trouville

Sotheby’s London Impressionist and Modern Art department sold in the last years important works from one of art history’s most important, and keenly collected, eras. This season some rare and important works, iincluding a wrok by Monet of extreme quality, are set to attract interest from the ever-growing panoply of collectors in this field. Sotheby’s Evening sale on Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Painted in the summer of 1870, La Plage à Trouville is one of Monet’s beach scenes which, with their evanescent effects of light and colour, have become the icons of Impressionism. Recently exhibited in Impressionists by the Sea – a travelling show that opened last summer at the Royal Academy in London – this painting was featured on the cover of the catalogue. One of the key paintings that Monet executed in 1870, this work - with its bright palette and masterful effects of light - marks a turning point in the artist’s career. The work now comes to sale from a Private American collection and is estimated to sell between 13 and 20 million dollars.

Your chance to own a Monet

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It is not often that paintings by the great Impressionists come up for sale, so connoisseurs will be thrilled to hear works by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are going under the hammer at Christie's in London on June 24.

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas

The Monet from the extensive collection of Irwin and Xenia Miller is not just any Monet either – it is from his famous water lilies series. Titled Le Bassin aux Nymphéas – meaning water lily pond – this oil on canvas was painted in 1919 and is expected to fetch between Dh130 million and Dh172m at the sale ($80 million).

"Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is one of the great rarities of Impressionist art – a painting of Monet's beloved water lilies, forming part of his final painting campaign, that was signed, dated and sold by the artist soon after its execution," Olivier Camu, director and head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's London, told Emirates Business.

"Dated 1919, when Monet signed the picture and sold it with three sister works to Bernheim-Jeune in November that year, Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is one of the tiny handful of pictures from this period that he relinquished, as he tended to view his paintings of water lilies as a large, cumulative work in progress and guarded them jealously, seldom allowing them to leave his studio.

"Monet had long been passionate about his water lilies. Decades earlier he had successfully battled with local bureaucracy in order to gain permission to reroute the river Epte, damming a section and thereby creating a large pond and a water garden. He filled this with water lilies, selecting special hybrids in order to increase the range of the colours.

"This, then, is not a study, like so many other works from this period, but instead a highly finished work."

The provenance of Le Bassin aux Nymphéas itself speaks of its exceptional importance as, before becoming the centrepiece of the formidable collection assembled by Irwin and Xenia Miller, it was owned by Norton Simon, who gave his name to Pasadena's celebrated art museum.

Stolen Monet Recovered in France

Falaises pres de Dieppe (Cliffs near Dieppe)

Two Bruegels, a Sisley and a Monet snatched from a French Riviera museum last year have been recovered and several people detained, French judicial sources said Wednesday. The sources said the paintings had been found in Marseille and around 10 people detained.

The four priceless works were robbed in a brazen afternoon heist in Nice last August by a group of men who entered the Beaux-Arts Jules Cheret museum on a Sunday afternoon, when entry was free for the public.

The oil paintings include Falaises pres de Dieppe, (Cliffs near Dieppe) painted by Monet in 1897 and Sisley's  Allee de peupliers de Moret (The lane of poplars at Moret) dating back to 1980.

The two stolen works of Jan Breugel, a Flemish Baroque era painter who lived between 1568 and 1625, were Allegorie de l'eau (Allegory of Water) and Allegorie de la terre (Allegory of Earth).

New Monet-related Publication

Hidden in the Shadow of the Master: The Model-Wives of Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin
Ruth Butler

Hidden in the Shadow of the Master: The Model-Wives of Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin

by Ruth Butle
Jun 02, 2008

Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Auguste Rodin. The names of these brilliant nineteenth-century artists are known throughout the world. But what is remembered of their wives? What were these unknown women like? What roles did they play in the lives and the art of their famous husbands?

In this remarkable book of discovery, art historian Ruth Butler coaxes three shadowy women out of obscurity and introduces them for the first time as individuals. Through unprecedented research, Butler has been able to create portraits of Hortense Fiquet, Camille Doncieux, and Rose Beuret—the models, and later the wives, respectively, of Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin, three of the most famous French artists of their generation. The book tells the stories of three ordinary women who faced issues of a dramatically changing society as well as the challenges of life with a striving genius. Butler illuminates the ways in which these model-wives figured in their husbands’ achievements and provides new analyses of familiar works of art. Filled with captivating detail, the book recovers the lives of Hortense, Camille, and Rose, and recognizes with new insight how their unique relationships enriched the quality of their husbands’ artistic endeavors.

Ruth Butler is professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the author of the award-winning book Rodin: The Shape of Genius, published by Yale University Press. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

book reviews:
"This book is fascinating from start to finish. Butler has undertaken a daunting challenge in resurrecting the lives of three women who were virtually lost in the shadows of the men whose lives they shared, Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin. Her research opens doors into the problematic circumstances of women partnered with "genius."— June Hargrove, University of Maryland at College Park

“Ruth Butler has produced an astonishing book about a virtually unknown story within this overly rehearsed moment in art history. This is a monumental achievement.”—Paul Tucker, author of The Impressionists at Argenteuil and Monet in the 20th Century

“With gracious writing and scholarly thoroughness, Butler engages in a very personal search for Hortense, Camille and Rose and brings the three model-wives out of their dense obscurity.” — Wayne Andersen, author of Manet: The Picnic and the Prostitute 

"Ruth Butler has an important story to tell—one that transfixes, with its portraits of the sometimes sad and always straitened lives of three great artists' muses, and transports, with its vivid scenes of atelier life in Paris and beyond. This is a book full of promise, packed with new research, new ideas and striking images, and with a brilliant future." — Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

Record price for Monet painting

A Claude Monet painting has been auctioned for more than $41m (£20.9m) in New York, breaking the record for the French impressionist artist.

The painting, Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil, features a bridge with two trains passing over the River Seine while pleasure boats float below.

Auction house Christie's said the buyer wished to remain anonymous. The previous record for a Monet painting was $36.5m (£18.6m) for his 1904 Nympheas, which sold last year.

Argenteuil was a centre for pleasure boating among affluent Parisians and a popular subject for many impressionist artists.Monet, who rented a house near the cast-iron railway bridge, painted the work in 1873. "It is the quintessential early Monet. We will not see another one this good for a long while, I don't suppose, unless this one lures a few out," said Christopher Burge, the auctioneer for the sale.

The sale was $4.5m (£2.1m) higher than the previous record for a Monet. "It's very rare to get an 1870s Monet of this quality on the market and the result proved that tonight." However at the same auction, two other works by Monet as well as works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir and Matisse failed to find buyers, adding fuel to concerns that the art market is feeling the pinch of the US housing and credit crises. "These are still uncertain times for the art market due to the economic climate," Charles Dupplin, art expert at specialist insurer Hiscox, said. "But Monet's work has a history of stimulating exciting and record breaking auctions and it is cheering to see that the art lover's appetite for exceptional work has not been quelled."