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    Friday, September 29th, 2023
    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) – Le bassin aux nymphéas  CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LIMITED 2023

    Le bassin aux nymphéas, one of Monet’s monumental canvases from the celebrated water lily series, will be a leading highlight at Christie’s 20th Century evening sale in New York on November 9. Modern and timeless, Le bassin aux nymphéas captures the dynamism and beauty of nature’s transience, exploring the ephemeral atmosphere, seasonal blooms, watery depths, and glimmering reflections of light of Monet’s famed lily pond in Giverny. This superb example has been held in the same family collection for over fifty years. It is estimated to realise over $65 million.

    Monet’s paintings of the water lilies are now among the most highly coveted and celebrated Impressionist masterpieces of his oeuvre, with examples held in the most esteemed private and institutional collections around the world. Le bassin aux nymphéas dates from 1917-1919, an all-important period of experimentation in Monet’s practice during which he achieved a new painterly vision of the lily-pond, sparked by his desire to create mural size images of the motif rather than the smaller water landscapes he had been creating prior. These grand, monumental depictions were filled with gestural, vigorous bolts of color that coalesce to form the watery landscape, the vibrancy and gestural quality of the brushwork revealing the impressive energy that lay behind the artist’s paintings, even at this late stage of his career.


    Monday, May 30th, 2022
    Claude Monet – Waterloo Bridge, effet de brume (1904) UPDATE; THIS MADE £30,059,500

    Monet’s atmospheric London series view of Waterloo Bridge comes up at Christie’s 20th/21st Century evening sale on June 28. Last seen at auction in 1939 it has been in the same family collection since it was acquired by Arde Bulova, chairman of the Bulova Watch Company in 1951. Prestigious early provenance also includes Paul Durand-Ruel, Adolph Lewisohn and the D.P. Allen Memorial Art Museum, at Oberlin College in Ohio. Of the 41 iconic paintings of Waterloo Bridge that Monet painted between 1899-1904, 26 are in public institutions, including The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; Bührle Foundation, Zürich; Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Kunstmuseum Bern. Waterloo Bridge, effet de brume was most recently on long term loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel.

    The sale of Waterloo Bridge, effet de brume follows the exceptional price achieved for Le Parlement, soleil couchant, from the collection of Anne H. Bass, which sold for $75.9 million on May 12 in New York, setting a record for a painting from Monet’s Vues du Londres.  The estimate for this work is in the region of £24 million.


    Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

    THE Modern evening auction at Sotheby’s in New York totalled $282.9 million. Claude Monet’s Coin du bassin aux nympheas was the top lot of the evening. It made $50.8 million. Frida Kahlo’s Diego y yo made $35.5 million, a new record both for the artist and for Latin American art.

    Frida Kahlo – Diego y yo


    Sunday, November 7th, 2021

    HERE is a video on Monet’s Coin de basin aux nympheas from 1918 which will lead Sotheby’s Modern evening sale in New York on November 16. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $50,820,000


    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

    It is a pity that Claude Monet never came to Ireland. The rapidly changing light would have undoubtedly enthralled him. This depiction of Waterloo Bridge in London, which comes up at the Impressionist and Modern Art day sale at Sotheby’s on February 5, is both specific and otherworldly.

    In words that could be readily used about the Irish climate Monet wrote from London to his wife Alice: “The weather was magnificent but unsettled… I can’t begin to describe a day as wonderful as this. One marvel after another, each lasting less than five minutes, it was enough to drive one mad. No country could be more extraordinary for a painter.” Painted in 1899 the work is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    Claude Monet – Waterloo Bridge . UPDATE: THIS MADE £819,000


    Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

    Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection sold for $21.2 million to lead Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and Modern art in New York last night.  The sale, which saw exceptional prices for sculpture, brought in $173.8 million. There was a new record for Max Ernst whose Surrealist bronze from the Motherwell collection made $16 million. New auction records were also established for Diego Giacometti ($6.3 million), Jean Arp ($4.9 million) and Germaine Richier ($3 million).  The Impressionist sale was led by a Monet view of the pond at Giverny which made $16 million.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented: “Collectors are ready to look in every corner of the marketplace  for the best of the best, be it sculpture, Impressionism, Modern or avant-garde works. When you offer something so rare, that hasn’t been seen at auction before, and is represented in the greatest museums, it ticks all the boxes. And today’s collectors are ready to go the extra mile to secure those special pieces – the excitement we saw around the Malevich and the Ernst reflects that. Taken together with our outstanding results achieved in London this past March, our flagship sales of Impressionist & Modern Art are up nearly 50% year to date – a statement on both the strength of the market and our performance for our clients.”

    Kazimir Malevich Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection made $21.1 million

    Max Ernst Le Roi Jouant Avec La Reine (sold for $15.9 million)

    Claude Monet Le Bassin aux nymphéas ($15.9 million)

    Diego Giacometti Bibliothèque De L’île Saint-Louis (sold for $6.3 million)


    Friday, May 13th, 2016

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma) ($8-12 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016.

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
    Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma) ($8-12 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.

    There was a world record for Frida Kahlo at Christie’s in New York last night when Dos desnudos en el bisque (La tierra misma) sold for $8,005,000 at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale.  This was a record for any Latin American artist at auction.

    The top lot of the sale was Monet’s Le bassin aux nympheas which made $27,045,000. Modigliani’s Jeune Femme a la rose (Margherita) made $12,765,000 and Au Petit Gennevilliers by Monet sold for $11,365,000.  The sale total was $141,532,000 in an auction where 44 of the 51 lots offered found buyers.

    The sale attracted registered bidders from 36 countries, with strong bidding from Asia, Europe and the United States.

    Brooke Lampley, Head of Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie’s New Yorkremarked: The strong outcome of tonight’s sale is the result of confidence and enthusiasm in the market at the tail end of a successful week. This was a tightly edited sale that united rare and blue-chip works at a variety of price levels. Bidders competed vigorously for works by Barbara Hepworth, Francis Picabia, Paul Klee, Hermann Max Pechstein, and Marc Chagall. We saw Asian bidding for a wide range of artists at a variety of price points. It was gratifying to witness a sophisticated and intelligent market at work. We are particularly proud of the result achieved for Frida Kahlo’s Dos desnudos en el bosque, which set the world auction record for the artist and became the highest price for any work by a Latin American artist. Tonight’s results bring our running total to $620.7 million”.

    (See post on for April 19, 2016)


    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)  Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015

    Claude Monet’s Iris mauves was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London tonight.  It made £10,834,500 at an auction that brought in £71,461,000. Sell-through rates were 84% by lot and 92% by value. In total, 24 works of art sold for over £1 million and 29 for over $1 million. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone,

    Jay Vincze, International Director said: “This evening’s sale of Impressionist & Modern Art saw notable demand for highly covetable works by the masters of late 19th and 20th century art, led by Claude Monet’s remarkable ‘Iris mauves’. Once again, this auction attracted global participation from bidders around the world, further evidencing the deep international demand for the category witnessed in our New York Sales in May. This resulted in strong prices across the full breadth of the category, from the birth of Impressionism – illustrated by the rare 1872 work by Alfred Sisley – to the energy of the late 1969 portrait by Pablo Picasso. For the second year, this Evening Sale marks the start of a week of ‘Impressionist & Modern Art’ and ‘Modern British & Irish Art’ auctions at Christie’s London, collectively presenting new and established buyers with opportunities across price levels.”