The canvas entitled “Pond with Water Lilies” (Le bassin aux nymphéas) is part of Monet’s famous series of works “Water Lilies”. The painting was painted around 1917-1919. and dates from the last period of Monet's life, when he created a series of works depicting water lilies that today hang in museums around the world.
“This painting captures the dynamism and beauty of nature's transience, exploring the ephemeral atmosphere, seasonal blooms, watery depths and shimmering reflections of light,” Christie's said in a statement. The painting had been in the same family collection for more than 50 years, “immaculately preserved and hidden,” Max Carter, Christie's vice chairman of XNUMXth and XNUMXst century art, said in a statement.
“With Monet, it seems like everything has been said and shown,” Carter added. “However, Le bassin aux nymphéas, which has never been exhibited anywhere, is a rare thing: a masterpiece rediscovered.” The canvas will be exhibited on evening sale works of the 9th century, which will take place on November XNUMX.
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As one of the leaders of the Impressionist movement, Monet had a significant impact on the art world, influencing his contemporaries such as Vincent Van Gogh, as well as later Abstract Expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock.
His paintings became a symbol of impressionism as such, getting rid of the controversial attitude of critics towards them, and turned into some of the most recognizable works of art in the whole world.
Significant paintings by Monet have fetched huge amounts of money at auction before. In May 2018, another painting from the “Water Lilies” series was sold at Christie’s for $84,7 million, and a year later, a painting from the “Haystacks” series was sold at Sotheby’s for $110,7 million.