An important Monet will be auctioned, for the first time in almost half a century

Christie’s reported that the impressionist painter’s painting “Matinée sur la Seine, temps net” will sell for an estimated price of between 12 and 18 million pounds.

The auction house Christie’s reported this Thursday that it will auction in March, for the first time in 45 years, the work Matinée sur la Seine, temps net by the French impressionist painter Claude Monet, for an estimated price of between 12 and 18 million pounds ( between 14 and 21 million euros).

The painting was last exhibited in 1990 in an exhibition about the French artist that took it to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Art in London.

According to Christie’s, Matinée sur la Seine, temps net will be on display again before the auction on March 7 in its New York galleries from February 9 to 14, in Hong Kong from February 21 to 23, and in London from February 9 to 14. March 1 to 7.

The work, which is part of the Matinées sur la Seine series, represents an important period in Monet’s career, in which he began to introduce new techniques that, “ultimately, transformed his art,” the auction house highlighted today. it’s a statement.

“The series to which this painting belongs (…) captures the landscape during summer mornings in 1896 and 1897, as the light transforms the atmosphere,” Christie’s stated.

Specifically, Matinée sur la Seine, temps net collects some of the last images that Monet created from the Seine River, a frequent theme in his work and “defining of the Impressionist movement”, which turns 150 this year.

“The painting is a poetic meditation on time that gives equal meaning to both the ‘real world’ of the pictorial sky and its image reflected in the water,” Michelle McMullan, co-director of the auction, explained in the note. Monet himself explained at the time that through impressionism he tried to pursue “the impossible.”

“Other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat. “I want to paint the air in which the bridge, the house and the boat are located, the beauty of the air that surrounds them, and that is nothing less than the impossible,” the artist contributed, according to Christie’s.