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Those of you with an eye for modern and impressionist art, will want to keep your schedule’s free on the 20th June 2018 as that is the date of the coveted Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London. This year especially, art-lovers will be in their element, as the lead piece will be from none other than Claude Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vue Exterieure.

 



The work of art forms part of a series of 12 canvases which were painted in 1877 by Monet, perfectly capture the energy of urbanite Paris and depicts a hustling and bustling urban railway station, which had recently been modernized and upgraded to handle more than 13 million passengers every single year.

Between the months of January and March 1877, Monet, presumably in the midst of a spell of creative genius and inspiration, underwent an incredibly intense period of creativity and was able to produce 12 canvases depicting the oldest railway station in France – the Gare Saint-Lazare.  By the late 1800s, France, and particularly Paris, was becoming increasing industrialised. With iron bridges, extended networks of public transport, and steam trains, the modern age of Industrial Paris came into effect and Monet flawlessly captured this through these works. As it turns out, this would be Monet’s final foray into the world of Modernism, which is yet another reason why any art-enthusiast worth their salt, should be in London, June 20th for the Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and what makes this series particularly important and sought-after.

Monet's La Gare Saint-Lazare Vue extérieure
Claude Monet (1840-1926) | La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vue extérieure | 1877 | Oil on canvas | Estimate: estimate: £22 - 28 Million

For those of you that stay up-to-date with the art world, you may be familiar with the fact that, recently, in New York, one of Claude Monet’s canvases of the Gare Saint-Lazare, sold through Christie’s from the Rockefeller collection for a staggering US$32.9 Million. Well, staying true with the age-old adage of waiting for one bus, or should that be train, when two come along at once, in London next month, the lead work of Art at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, will once again be another of Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare canvases. This piece is expected to bring in between £22 and £28 Million, so make sure you have your bank details handy if you wish to own one of the most coveted works of art and history ever created.

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