19th century Impressionists 10 most expensive art works Monet


How impressionists impressed the world, Monet his life in short and his 10 most expensive art works.

Monet is most probably one of the most important impressionist of the 19th century. As steady as he was in his art works where he could work endless on a painting or a series of paintings with the same topic, his private life was not that steady.
Karin Sagner-Düchting (Duechting) wrote an impressive book in which she describes the life and work of the French impressionist.

Getting rich and famous

Monet and other impressionists changed the way on how we looked at paintings. In the 1870’s we saw paintings trough the eye of the painter itself, Colors, impressions and feelings of the painter where accepted. The name impressionism comes from journalist Louis Leroy after he saw Monet’s painting Sunrise. At the end of the 19th century the paintings of daily life with relative small sizes became more accepted and famous painters such as Monet, Renoir and Cézanne could ask high prices for their art works.

Famous but not without struggle

As in modern time it’s hard to change the habits of humans. At Salon de Paris (of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris) which was in the 18th and 19th century the biggest yearly art exhibition, impressionist such as Monet struggled to get recognized. Members of the jury choose for success and “old” art works and had no eye for young and new artists who had their own idea of art.
After the founding of Salon des Indépendants in 1884, life was getting better for Monet. Fellow impressionist could show their art without interference of the “old Fashioned” crowd and jury. Thanks to Durand-Ruel who found a new audience in the US, Monet started to do good business.

Monet’s waterlilies

After earning enough money, Monet build a second atelier, bought extra land to build his Japanese garden and famous lily pond, this is where he started painting his famous water lily series, a series of approximately 250 oil paintings.  Monet Painted several series on this theme: Bassins aux nymphéas (1899-1900), Les Nymphéas, séries de paysages d’eau (1903-1908), Le Pont japonais (1918-1924). The water lilies and the Japanese bridge  kept him busy until his dead. Monet died in 1926 in his home in Giverny, Normandy, France. The artist’s former home and gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the “Fondation Claude Monet”. Nearby, the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement.

Unique 1914 film of Claude Monet painting lilies

The 10 most expensive art works of Monet

Claude Monet Le bassin aux nymphéas


Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Le bassin aux nymphéas
signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1919’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
39½ x 79 1/8 in. (100.4 x 201 cm.)
Painted in 1919
$ 80,549 million

Claude Monet Nymphéas 1906


Nymphéas
signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1906’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
Painted in 1906
$ 53,982 million

Claude Monet Nymphéas 1905


Signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1905’
Oil on canvas
Painted in 1905
$ 43,762 million

Claude Monet Le Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil 1873


Signed ‘Claude Monet’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 38¾ in. (60 x 98.4 cm.)
Painted in 1873
$ 41,480 million

Claude Monet Nymphéas 1904


Signed ‘Claude Monet’ (lower Rigt)
Oil on canvas
31 7/8 by 39 3/8 in. (81 by 100 cm.)
Painted in 1904
$36,795 million

Claude Monet Le grand canal. 1908


Signed Claude Monet and dated 1908 (lower right)
Oil on canvas
28 3/4 by 36 1/4 in.(73 by 92cm.)
Painted in 1908.
35,897 million USD

Claude Monet Alice hoschedé au jardin. 1881


Signed and dated Claude Monet 81(lower right)
Oil on canvas
31 7/8 by 25 1/2 in.(81 by 65 cm.)
Painted in 1881.
$ 33,765 million

Claude Monet Bassin aux nympheas et sentier au bord de l′eau. 1900


Oil on Canvas
35 x 39.4 in. (89 x 100 cm.)
Painted in 1900
$ 33,000 million

Claude Monet Le Palais Contarini. 1908


Signed and dated Claude Monet 1908 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
28 1/4 by 36 1/8 in. (73 by 92 cm.)
Painted in 1908.
$ 31,404 million

Claude Monet Nymphéas. 1907


Signed and dated Claude Monet 1907 (lower right)
Oil on Canvas
31 9/10 × 36 1/5 in. (80.98 × 92.07 cm.)
Painted in 1907
$ 27,045 million