E. & Alice Tériade (1947 and sold: Christie's, New York, November 8, 2000, lot 26)
Private Collection, United Kingdom (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 21, 2004, lot 17)
Dickinson Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Claude Monet, 1840-1926, 1952, no. 125 (titled Champ d'Iris)
Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Claude Monet, 2001, no. 54, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Bronx, The New York Botanical Garden, Monet's Garden, 2012, no. 4, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Denis Rouart, Jean-Dominique Rey & Robert Maillard, Monet Nymphéas, ou le miroir du temps, Paris, 1972, illustrated p. 189
Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. IV, Lausanne, 1985, no. 1825, illustrated p. 265
Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, vol. IV, Cologne, 1996, no. 1825, illustrated p. 865
The present canvas dates from circa 1914-17, and was painted in the midst of the First World War. Monet was close to the nation's turmoil during this period, with his son on the battlefront and evidence of the wounded in nearby villages. These hyper-saturated, abstracted compositions appear to be a meditative attempt at drowning out the surrounding din. What better way to honor the sanctity of life than to immerse yourself in it, and Monet's painting here was a direct response to that very human need to reconcile the coexistance of beauty and destruction.
The present work was one of two major canvases by Monet exhibited at the New York Botanical Gardens earlier this year in conjunction with a major floral recreation of Monet's garden at Giverny. This picture was selected by Paul Hayes Tucker to exemplify Monet's late career.
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