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An Iconic Claude Monet Painting Will Be Going On Auction

Claude Monet, 'Meules' (1890); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's
Claude Monet, 'Meules' (1890); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's
By AFP
March 24, 2019
The artwork is part of Monet's iconic Haystacks series, created in the early 1890s, and is estimated to be sold for US$55 million

Titled Meules, the painting is one of only four works from this series to come to auction this century. It will be one of the highlights of Sotheby's Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art, taking place on May 14 in New York.

Having remained in the private collection of the Chicago socialites Potter and Bertha Palmer since 1986, Meules is expected to sell for a price of US$55 million.

The Haystacks series includes 25 canvases, painted by Monet between 1890 and 1891. Most of them reside in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Camille Pissarro, 'Le grand noyer au printemps, Eragny' (1894); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's
Camille Pissarro, 'Le grand noyer au printemps, Eragny' (1894); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's

In a statement, August Uribe, Sotheby's head of Impressionist & Modern Art, commented, "It is a privilege to present one of Claude Monet's defining Impressionist paintings in our Evening Sale this May. One of the most recognisable images in art history, Monet's Haystacks series has long served as an inspiration to countless artists since its creation in the early 1890s, and continues to inspire anyone who has viewed one of these canvases first hand".

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Paul Signac, 'Antibes, soir' (1903); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 'Nature morte au melon' (circa 1882); Image: Courtesy of Sotheby's
 

Other highlights of the auction include Paul Signac's Antibes, Soir, estimated at US$4-6 million; Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Nature morte au melon, estimated at US$2-3 million; and Camille Pissarro's Le grand noyer au printemps, Eragny, estimated at US$2-3 million.

Prior to the auction, these artworks will debut in a public exhibition in Sotheby's newly-renovated York Avenue galleries, in New York City. Beginning on May 3, the exhibition will mark the first public viewing of Claude Monet's Meules in over three decades.

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