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Claude Monet
CHEMIN DANS LE BROUILLARD
Estimate
1,800,0002,500,000
LOT SOLD. 3,189,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
63
Claude Monet
CHEMIN DANS LE BROUILLARD
Estimate
1,800,0002,500,000
LOT SOLD. 3,189,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

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Claude Monet
1840 - 1926
CHEMIN DANS LE BROUILLARD
Signed Claude Monet and dated 1879 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 by 28 3/4 in.
60 by 73 cm
Painted in 1879.
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Provenance

Castagna, New York (sold: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 29, 1943, lot 44)

Millicent H. Rogers, New York (sold: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 8, 1947, lot 40)

Dr. Alfred Blum, Switzerland (acquired at the above sale)

Private Collection, Switzerland

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Rome, Complesso Vittoriano, Monet, Il maestro della luce, 2000, no. 24, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet, Biographie et catalogue raisonné, vol. V, Lausanne, 1991, no. 2023-1030bis, illustrated p. 13

Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. III, Cologne, 1996,  no. 1130a, illustrated p. 427

Catalogue Note

A well-trodden path that cuts through the mist is the subject of Monet's highly atmospheric composition. Given Monet's preference for depicting the effects of weather in his paintings, the present scene probably presented him with an irresistible challenge.  Daniel Wildenstein has tentatively dated the work to 1887 in his catalogue raisonné, but the inscription on the canvas appears to read 1879.  With the defining, hazy appearance of the composition, the precise location of the scene remains unknown.  Painting under these inclement weather conditions with limited visibility was not unusual for Monet, who delighted in setting up his easel outdoors to capture the shifts in light and shadow as the day progressed.  The highly atmospheric compositions that resulted from these endeavors would ultimately define the objective of Monet's Impressionist agenda.   The present work, with its scene-altering fog, can be considered a precursor of Monet's continued interest in this theme several years later, when he painted the legendary series of gothic façades of Rouen Cathedral, cloaked in a thick blue-gray fog. 

Among the first owners of the present work was Millicent Rogers (1902-1953), the American trend-setter and art collector. Rogers inherited her wealth from the Standard Oil tycoon Henry H. Rogers and maintained a constant presence in the society pages throughout the mid-20th century through her romances with Clark Gable, Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming and the Prince of Wales as well as three husbands.  She is perhaps best remembered for her advocacy of the rights of American Indians and promotion of Native American art.  When Rogers sold this painting in 1947, she was living in New Mexico and amassing an extensive collection of South-Western Art, which is now housed in an eponymous museum in Taos.

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