NEW YORK – Although he was born in Paris and would later reside for a time in the capital, Claude Monet spent much of his life in the countryside. He grew up in Normandy and maintained a strong connection to the region, returning frequently to paint.
He recorded views of its seaside towns and dramatic cliffs as well as its verdant landscapes. He always took his surroundings as his subject, often returning to favourite locations.
Property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sold for the Acquisitions Fund, Sur la falaise à Pourville, 1882. Estimate $5,000,000–7,000,00. To be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale, 7 May.
In the last two decades of his life, he devoted himself to various series of paintings based on the water lily pond and gardens at his home in Giverny. With their heavily worked surfaces and all-over compositions, many of these late works are imbued with an abstract quality, well before the term ‘abstraction’ was commonly used to describe art.