How impressionists impressed the world, Monet his life in short and his 10 most expensive art works.
Monet is most probably one of the most important impressionist of the 19th century. As steady as he was in his art works where he could work endless on a painting or a series of paintings with the same topic, his private life was not that steady.
Karin Sagner-Düchting (Duechting) wrote an impressive book
“A feast for the eyes” in which she describes the life and work of the French impressionist.
Getting rich and famous
Monet and other impressionists changed the way on how we looked at paintings. In the 1870’s we saw paintings trough the eye of the painter itself, Colors, impressions and feelings of the painter where accepted. The name impressionism comes from journalist Louis Leroy after he saw Monet’s painting Sunrise. At the end of the 19th century the paintings of daily life with relative small sizes became more accepted and famous painters such as Monet, Renoir and Cézanne could ask high prices for their art works.
Famous but not without struggle
As in modern time it’s hard to change the habits of humans. At Salon de Paris (of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris) which was in the 18th and 19th century the biggest yearly art exhibition, impressionist such as Monet struggled to get recognized. Members of the jury choose for success and “old” art works and had no eye for young and new artists who had their own idea of art.
After the founding of Salon des Indépendants in 1884, life was getting better for Monet. Fellow impressionist could show their art without interference of the “old Fashioned” crowd and jury. Thanks to Durand-Ruel who found a new audience in the US, Monet started to do good business.
After earning enough money, Monet build a second atelier, bought extra land to build his Japanese garden and famous lily pond, this is where he started painting his famous water lily series, a series of approximately 250 oil paintings. Monet Painted several series on this theme: Bassins aux nymphéas (1899-1900), Les Nymphéas, séries de paysages d’eau (1903-1908), Le Pont japonais (1918-1924). The water lilies and the Japanese bridge kept him busy until his dead. Monet died in 1926 in his home in Giverny, Normandy, France. The artist’s former home and gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the “Fondation Claude Monet”. Nearby, the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement.
Unique 1914 film of Claude Monet painting lilies
The 10 most expensive art works of Monet
Claude Monet Le bassin aux nymphéas
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Le bassin aux nymphéas
signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1919’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
39½ x 79 1/8 in. (100.4 x 201 cm.)
Painted in 1919
$ 80,549 million