Monet’s Meules à Giverny To Sell For $30 Million

Monet’s iconic Meules à Giverny is expected to fetch $30 Million at auction.

In the annals of art history, few movements have left as indelible a mark as Impressionism.

Emerging as a radical departure from traditional artistic norms, Impressionism challenged the conventions of the art world and ushered in a new era of creativity and expression.

At the forefront of this groundbreaking movement stood Claude Monet, whose innovative approach to painting redefined the boundaries of artistic possibility.

The Genesis of Impressionism: A Retrospective

Nearly 150 years ago, on 15 April 1874, the first Impressionist exhibition took place in Paris, marking a pivotal moment in the history of art.

Sotheby's Modern Evening Auction: Claude Monet's Meules à Giverny
Camille Pissarro, Paysage Aux Pâtis, Pontoise, La Moisson

Spearheaded by a group of avant-garde artists, including Monet, this landmark event showcased works that defied convention and embraced experimentation. Among the standout pieces was Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise” from 1872, a painting that would lend its name to the entire movement.

As the art world commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition, the legacy of Claude Monet continues to captivate audiences around the globe.

To mark this milestone occasion, Sotheby’s is set to present Monet’s “Meules à Giverny” (1893) as a highlight of the Modern Evening Auction. This iconic work, featuring Monet’s beloved haystack motif, serves as a testament to the enduring influence of Impressionism on contemporary art.

A Masterpiece Reimagined: Monet’s “Meules à Giverny”

Executed in 1893, “Meules à Giverny” represents a pinnacle of Monet’s artistic vision. Depicting the tranquil landscape of his beloved Giverny, this masterpiece exemplifies Monet’s meticulous approach to painting.

Through his exploration of light and atmosphere, Monet creates a harmonious vision that transcends the boundaries of traditional landscape painting. With its distinguished provenance and unparalleled beauty, “Meules à Giverny” stands as a testament to Monet’s enduring legacy.

Monet’s Evolution: From Haystacks to Water Lilies

“Meules à Giverny” was created during a transformative period in Monet’s career, during which he began to explore two of his most iconic motifs: haystacks and water lilies.

Claude Monet, Bennecourt, 1887

This period marked a significant evolution in Monet’s style, as he sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere in his paintings. Through his meticulous study of nature, Monet pioneered a new approach to landscape painting that would inspire generations of artists to come.

Influences and Inspirations: The French Countryside in Art

By depicting the French countryside, Monet drew inspiration from a rich artistic tradition that stretched back centuries. Building on the work of artists like Jean-François Millet and the Barbizon school, Monet infused his paintings with a unique sense of vitality and energy.

Through his innovative use of colour and texture, Monet transformed ordinary scenes of rural life into timeless works of art that continue to resonate with audiences today.

Monet’s Impact on American Art

While Monet’s influence was felt most keenly in his native France, his impact extended far beyond the borders of Europe. In the United States, Monet’s work found a receptive audience among American collectors and artists alike.

Through exhibitions and patronage, Monet’s paintings helped to shape the course of American art, inspiring a new generation of Impressionist painters who sought to capture the beauty of the American landscape.

The upcoming auction at Sotheby’s promises to showcase not only Monet’s masterpiece but also a diverse array of works from the collection of a passionate art collector.

From Monet’s iconic landscapes to seminal works by American Impressionists like Childe Hassam, the collection offers a comprehensive overview of the Impressionist movement and its lasting impact on the world of art.

As the art world celebrates 150 years of Impressionism, the enduring legacy of Claude Monet and his contemporaries remains as vibrant and relevant as ever.

Through their innovative vision and groundbreaking techniques, the Impressionists revolutionized the world of art, paving the way for generations of artists to come. As we look ahead to the future, it is clear that the spirit of Impressionism will continue to inspire and captivate audiences for years to come.


In conclusion, the upcoming auction at Sotheby’s represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Impressionism and explore the enduring impact of Claude Monet’s work.

From his iconic haystacks to his tranquil water lilies, Monet’s paintings continue to enchant audiences around the world, serving as a testament to the power of artistic vision and creativity.

As we reflect on 150 years of Impressionism, let us remember the profound influence of Monet and his contemporaries, whose pioneering spirit continues to shape the world of art today.

Images: Sotheby’s

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