Claude Monet’s 1906 Painting “Nympheas” Failed to Reach it’s Estimated Value of 30 – 40 Million Pounds
A few days ago my husband and I went to Christie’s London for their sale preview where you’re able to view some seriously impressive artwork that has now gone under the hammer. I highly recommend going to these preview days at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. It’s incredible seeing a plethora of paintings, a vast amount that you’ve never seen before due to them being in the vaults and houses of private collectors. We walked passed Signac’s, Schiele’s and Klimt’s before standing opposite the monumental Nympheas, painted in 1906 by Claude Monet. I say monumental as it’s not a small painting, it measures 90cm x 100cm. While Nympheas is a lovely calming painting, that was painted in Monet’s water garden in Giverny and is also one of five paintings, which formed part of his celebrated display of Water Lilies at a 1909 exhibition in Paris, the most impressive thing about Monet’s Nympheas painting is that it was valued between 30 – 40 Million pounds! Wow.
After such high expectations and buzz from the press, Nympheas (1906) failed to sell. Bidding reached 29 Million pounds.
For me however, I also found 3 paintings that I really loved whilst at Christie’s. 2 paintings by an artist, I hadn’t even heard of called Henri Lebasque , which I’ve decided to commission reproduction oil paintings of for the living room. Will post pictures when they’re done.
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Bye for now x