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Über das Objekt

The splendid irises that bloomed in May and June at Giverny were among Monet's favorites.  Thousands of bearded irises in blue and lavendar spanned the boarder of his flower garden along the Grand Allée leading towards his house, and it is from this spectacular site that Monet was inspired to paint the present canvas.  Although these flowers, named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, bloomed in a variety of colors, Giverny gardener and historian Elizabeth Murray tells us that blue was Monet's favorite floral color.  In the present composition, thick dollups of  purple-blue pigment project from the more saturated areas of the canvas, and the richly colored petals of the flowers punctuate the hazy colorfield of foliage green. \nThe present canvas dates from circa 1914-17, and was painted in the midst of the First World War.  Monet was close to the nation's turmoil during this period, with his son on the battlefront and evidence of the wounded in nearby villages.  These hyper-saturated, abstracted compositions appear to be a meditative attempt at drowning out the surrounding din.  What better way to honor the sanctity of life than to immerse yourself in it, and Monet's painting here was a direct response to that very human need to reconcile the coexistance of beauty and destruction.\n\nThe present work was one of two major canvases by Monet exhibited at the New York Botanical Gardens earlier this year in conjunction with a major floral recreation of Monet's garden at Giverny.  This picture was selected by Paul Hayes Tucker to exemplify Monet's late career.\nStamped with the artist's signature (lower right); stamped with the artist's signature on the reverse
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medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Claude Monet

condition

Excellent condition. Original canvas. The thick areas of impasto are beautifully intact. There is are some insignificant drying cracks in small areas of purple pigment. Under UV light, apart from a tiny retouch in the extreme lower right corner in the primed canvas, there is no evidence of retouching. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

dimensions

47 1/2 by 39 1/2 in.

exhibition

Basel, Kunsthalle, Impressionisten, 1949, no. 201 Zurich, Kunsthaus, Claude Monet, 1840-1926, 1952, no. 125 (titled Champ d'Iris) Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Claude Monet, 2001, no. 54, illustrated in color in the catalogue Bronx, The New York Botanical Garden, Monet's Garden, 2012, no. 4, illustrated in color in the catalogue

literature

Gaston Bachelard, "Les Nymphéas ou les surprises d'une aube d'été," Verve, vol. VII, Paris, 1952, illustrated in color Denis Rouart, Jean-Dominique Rey & Robert Maillard, Monet Nymphéas, ou le miroir du temps, Paris, 1972, illustrated p. 189 Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. IV, Lausanne, 1985, no. 1825, illustrated p. 265 Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. IV, Cologne, 1996, no. 1825, illustrated p. 865

provenance

Michel Monet E. & Alice Tériade (1947 and sold: Christie's, New York, November 8, 2000, lot 26) Private Collection, United Kingdom (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 21, 2004, lot 17) Dickinson Gallery, London Acquired from the above by the present owner

signedDate

Stamped with the artist's signature (lower right); stamped with the artist's signature on the reverse

time_period

Painted 1914-17.

consignmentDesignation

Property from an Important Private European Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1840 - 1926


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