Claude Monet was #bornonthisday, 1840.
Claude Monet, Le bassin aux nympheas, oil on canvas, 100.7 x 200.8 cm, 1917-1919.
Sold 11.11.2018 at @christiesinc, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, NY, $31,8m.
In August 1918, the dealer René Gimpel called on Monet at Giverny along with Georges Bernheim and reported seeing a large quantity of six-foot-wide Nymphéas in the studio.
Monet staged a special exhibition of these recent works for his visitors, arranging them in a circle on the floor to create a simulacrum of the lily pond, rather than positioning them upright on easels.
“In its infinity, the water and the sky had neither beginning nor end,” Gimpel recounted. “It was as though we were present at one of the first hours of the birth of the world. It was mysterious, poetic, deliciously unreal” (quoted in R. King, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, New York, 2016, p. 179). (@ Christie’s)