CLAUDE MONET (1840 – 1926) STUNNING ENORMOUS OIL ON CANVAS – “WATERLILLIES”
CLAUDE MONET (1840 - 1926) STUNNING ENORMOUS OIL ON CANVAS - "WATERLILLIES"
Manner of Claude Monet (1840 - 1924) "Waterlillies at Giverny" oil on canvas, signed lower left, offered without reserve.
Well what do you say? Perhaps the most famous name in all of French art, the biggest name in the development of Impressionism and so on and so on. This is a wonderful loose sketchy oil on canvas of waterlillies which is absolutely typical of Monet's work in the last two decades of his life when he lived in Giverny. By this time he was an old man, and his painting was significantly impaired by cataracts, such that these later works are extremely sketchy, but usually painted on a huge scale, as is the case here. Earlier, in the spring of 1883, Monet and his family rented the house which he would later make immortal in paint, along with and 2 acres of land from a local landowner. The house was between Vernon and Gasny at Giverny. He had a barn converted into a painting studio, and there was also a garden. The house was convenient for his children's schooling and the surrounding landscape inspired him from an artistic point of view. The family's fortunes began to improve substantially as his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel had increasing success in selling his paintings. After about 7 years, Monet was able to raise the money to buy the house, the surrounding buildings and land. Over the next 30 years, his travelling gradually subsided as he became older and his vision failed as a result of cataracts. during this time he procudes a series of huge paintings of the waterlillies at Giverny, as well as a larger numer of fragments - sketches which he never completed, or subsequently went back to and revised. In 1923 he underwent two operations to remove his cataracts, which substantially improved his vision, although after surgery, his paintings changed hue as a result of his altered perception of colour. I; this may have had an effect on the colors he perceived.
This is a MASSIVE oil on canvas, the canvas itself measuring no less than 24 x 48" (60 x 120cm) and with the frame comes in at 30 x 54" (74 x 134cm). In terms of condition, it is showing its age but overall is not too bad. It is rather grubby, but the canvas is intact and there is no evidence of significant overpaint or restoration. The frame and stretcher have also seen some tough years - not least due to a severe attrack of woodworm - which is obvious where some of the wood has actually crumbled away. The remainder is fragile but stable.
There are two faded labels verso which are still largely visible. The first is a small coat of arms and inscription which reads:
Summer Exhibition, 1924
St. Botolph Club
199, Commonwealth Avenue
The second is a smaller and more faded label which is only partly readable on the top of the stretcher which reads:
Durand Ruel and Cie
The addresses on this latter label have faded with time, but Durand Ruel and Company were one of the most important dealers of the Impressionists, with galleries in Paris, London and New York. We recently bought this painting described as "manner of Claude Monet" and it is offered here with an identical description on the assumption that it is a copy / reproduction in the style of Monet by an unknown artist. One thing it is not - it is NOT a print and NOT an overpainted print. Clearly a highly speculative painting, but it is not as far as we can tell a copy of a known image by Monet.
Offered as usual without reserve.
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This auction is valid until 2012-04-02T02:05:01.000Z
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