Monday, March 26, 2007
MONET : LA POINTE DE LA HEVE
This painting shows the beach at Sainte-Adresse near Claude Monet's (1840-1926) home town of Le Havre, then a fashionable tourist resort. It was painted in 1864. Claude Monet is best known as one of the most outstanding Impressionist painters, however many of his paintings have romantic characteristics.
Late in his career Monet developed cataract disease in both eyes. This disease makes the eyes see colors differently. Whites turn to yellows, blues and purples turn to reds and oranges and greens turn to yellow-greens.
In 1963 this picture sold for $ 585,000 in London. More recently in June 2008, Le Bassin aux Nymphéa sold for a world record bid of £40.1 million ($ 79,138,799 at today's prices before commission) ; in May 2008, Le Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil (1873) was sold for £21.5 million ($41 million) in New York.