Claude Monet

The Most Expensive Art Pieces in The World

The pastime of art collecting has provided the world with many eye-catching price tags over the years. In 2019, of the most expensive artworks sold, 9 out of 10 commanded more than $50 million from the highest bidder, with the most expensive setting back $110.7 million for Claude Monet’s Meules, a stunning haystacks by sunrise/sunset creation from 1891. But where does this rank within the most expensive art pieces in the world? We decided to take a look and who knows, maybe it will inspire you to get your creative juices flowing by creating your very own canvas prints, using Parrot Print services. With some adjusted for inflation to reflect what they would sell for today, here are the most expensive artworks we have ever seen.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

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This portrait of Jesus Christ in Renaissance dress took an eye-watering $450.3 million in 2017 when the 500 year old painting was auctioned by Christie’s in New York. Meaning ‘Saviour of the World’, ‘Salvator Mundi’ depicts Jesus showing the sign of the cross with his right hand and holding a transparent orb in his left. The reason its price was so high is partly due to it being one of only twenty known Da Vinci pieces in the world, with its religious theme providing powerful imagery. In today’s pricing, Salvator Mundi would be valued at $469.7 million.

Willem De Kooning’s ‘Interchange’

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The abstract, expressionist artist De Kooning created ‘Interchange’, a colourful abstract landscape, in 1955. It sold in 2015 for a then-record $300 million ($325 million today) at a private sale and is on loan to see at the Art Institute of Chicago. In his early days, De Kooning painted the female form, but with ‘Institute’, the artist made his foray into abstract landscapes. Little did the artist know that when he sold it soon after its completion for $4000, that it would command such a hefty fee 60 years on.

Paul Cézanne’s ‘The Card Players’

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Painted during the artists final years, ‘The Card Players’ is a series of oil paintings by the French post-impressionist Cézanne. The artwork’s exact price is unknown but is estimated to have sold for between $250-$300 million ($285-$310 million today) in 2011 at a private sale to the Royal family of Qatar. It depicts peasants of the French region of Provence playing cards together and is one of five paintings Cézanne depicting of card players. The simple pastime has been immortalised into one of the best examples of the French artist’s works.

Paul Gauguin’s ‘When Will You Marry?’

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Translated from the Tahitian ‘Nafea Faa Opoipo’, ‘When Will You Marry?’ is a 40 x 30-inch oil canvas that depicts two Tahitian women, one dressed in traditional Tahiti clothing and the other in a Western-style dress, set to a background of the surrounding landscape. Sold in 2014 for $210 million ($227 million today), the artist would never have dreamed of his piece commanding such a fee. The French post-impressionist created the work after travelling to Tahiti for the first time in 1892, wanting to capture life as it was to showcase when returning to France, but to unremarkable reviews at the time.

Jackson Pollack’s ‘Number 17A’

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Although its title leaves a lot to the imagination, the piece itself is unmistakably signature Pollack. ‘Number 17A’ showcases the abstract expressionists creative best, full of vibrant colour and Pollack’s unique paint splatter-style. Interestingly, this was purchased by the same buyer as De Kooning’s ‘Interchange’ in 2015 by Kenneth Griffin, obviously not short of cash, when purchased for $200 million ($210 million today). His paintings have divided many over the years due to their seemingly random nature, but ‘Number 17A’ proves Pollacks lasting effect on the art world.

Overall, Claude Monet’s masterpiece finds itself currently 36th on the list of the most expensive artworks of all time, falling way short of the 5 most expensive. Time will tell how long before all these examples are pushed further down the list when the next large sum is paid out. Considering some of the featured artists’ modest backgrounds, it’s not too far fetched that you could be a future list maker by selling your own unique pieces – time to get creative!

 

Claude Monet: Impressionism Paintings

Art speaks volumes to many people around the world and what might be even more special is that one painting, sculpture, and drawing can make each person experience something different depending on their personal point of view and interpretation of the art piece. Similarly, each movement and art style reflects the era it was founded in, in which artists shared a common philosophy or goal no matter what they painted, drew, or sculpted. One art style that started the Modern Art era and opened doors for it to thrive is Impressionism, a movement that became prominent in the 1800s, especially in the 70s and 80s, and thanks to a band of Parisian painters Monet, Sisley, Bazille, and Renoir.

At the time, these painters revolutionized art by going against everything traditional painting stood for, exchanging lines, details, smooth blending, and contours for freely brushed and short strokes, intense and vibrant colors, and no shading.

They started painting outdoors, realistically bringing to life scenes of modern living and landscapes, even portraits and still life, all of which were previously done in a studio. And although, in the beginning, the movement faced harsh criticism from both the public and critics alike, it gradually gained the people’s favor and was considered fresh, original, and visually stimulating.

The foundation of the movement is accredited to one particular person – Oscar-Claude Monet, better known as Claude Monet who was the most prolific painter and the most consistent practitioner of the art style’s philosophy.

So, if you are interested in learning more about some of Claude Monet’s artwork, here are some of his best and most prominent paintings.

Style & Technique

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Monet was a prolific artist with over 2500 works attributed to him, most of which are paintings but also pastels and drawings. The number is likely higher, however, he destroyed some of his works and others have probably been lost over time.

His focus was primarily on paintings, portraying subjects such as scenery, landscapes, and figures, mostly using mediums like oil and crayon. His style brought lighting and color to the foreground and they were the key elements of the entire movement which Monet used in the most ingenious ways.

Prominent Artworks & Analysis

1. Impression, Sunrise

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If you are wondering where the name of the movement came from, look no further than one of Monet’s most famous artworks – Impression, Sunrise.

The chosen subject – a scene in the French port of Le Havre, depicts hazy imagery that has little to no detail at first glance. However, this candid work soon showcases a body of shimmering water and boats in the foreground over which a striking orange sun can be seen in the background. The bright hues of yellows and oranges brilliantly contrast darker tones of blues and grays, all created with separate brushstrokes that breathe life into the image. For more information about Claude Monet and his work, check this website.

2. Woman with a Parasol

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Featuring a woman with a parasol, the painting is probably one of the best displays of the impact shadows and light have had on Impressionism. It perfectly showcases the direction the light is coming from, casting a shadow on the figure’s face and body. The picture is an unmatched work of art since the positioning makes it very hard to highlight any details and even have a proper look at the model. This is exactly why Monet is considered one of the masters of the style.

Interestingly, the parasol will make an appearance in many of his art which is unsurprising since women of that time used to actively carry them whenever they were outdoors in order to protect their eyes and skin.

3. Westminster Bridge (The Thames below Westminster)

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Created during the time spent in London as a wartime refugee, the imagery is simple in a way that it clearly showcases a vertical dock with people in the foreground, balanced by a less distinguishable horizontal bridge, boats, and buildings in the back. The work also features some of Monet’s favorite motifs such as the shimmer of water, as well as a mist that creates a beautiful yet heavy atmosphere and blurry forms.

4. The Women in the Garden

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Even though the piece features several figures, Camille, Monet’s future wife was the only model used. It was envisioned and composed to showcase the effects natural light has on its surroundings. This is why the figures were meticulously positioned in order to display the behavior of sunlight as it pierces through the trees, casting shadows on some parts of the figures and the environment while highlighting others.

5. Water Lilies, Setting Sun

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This piece belongs to a water landscape group of artworks known as the Nympheas cycle.

Critics consider it his finest work which includes dozens of canvases containing images of lilies, water, and the sky, creating a mesmerizing panorama when it is put together, one that took 30 years to complete. Monet’s vision was to have the pieces displayed in a circular room and fill the walls with the horizon of water upon which lilies are scattered, spreading calmness, beauty, and tranquility throughout the space.

6. Boulevard des Capucines

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Painted from the studio of one of Monet’s friends, the point of view in the picture is slightly different from most of his other works. It displays a scene of the typical daily life in Paris but in very little detail. With fast and short strokes, the crowd and their surroundings are captured in an abstract, almost blurry way, trying to create the illusion of movement and the liveliness of the city and its people.

7. The Cliffs of Etretat

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Created on the coast of Normandy, in the city of Etretat the piece showcases unusual and high freestanding rocks and a naturally formed arch off of one of them. Painted from a spot that is only accessible by boat, it displays a single ray of sunlight perfectly hitting the upper part of the rocks while the rest of the piece is covered in shadows. This is another great example of just how much Monet enjoyed playing with lighting while painting landscapes and scenery outdoors.

Conclusion

Among Impressionists, Monet was a leader and an inspiration, one that gathered the greats like Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Bazille, and Sisley to work together and form a movement that would forever change the art world. Never straying away from his perceptions and philosophy, it is understandable why he is considered one of the best, if not the best, Impressionist painter of all time.

Most Famous Pictures of Claude Monet

When it comes to the Impressionism period that appeared in the middle of the nineteenth century, Claude Monet is always mentioned as one of the pioneers of this revolutionary movement. He painted some of the biggest masterpieces in the entire Impressionism period and his work is something that has been highly revered by even the harshest critics. Let’s take a look at some of his most famous and successful paintings.

The “Bain A LA Grenouillere”

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It was painted back in 1869, and according to many people, the picture represents one of Claude’s dreams, which was set in the baths of La Grenouillere. He started it off with just a few sketches, trying to remember what exactly was going on in the dream, and since we all know dreams are blurry and sometimes we can only remember fractions of them. The final picture is a real masterpiece and according to many, priceless.

A “Woman with a Parasol”

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This is one of Claude’s earliest paintings, and it was done back in 1875. Apparently, it represents Monet’s first wife Camille Doncieux alongside with their older son named Jean. This painting is very good evidence which shows us that Monet’s style focuses more on light and color as opposed to lines and shapes, which makes it really unique and beautiful to see. On the painting, Monet’s wife is looking backward like she’s trying to catch a glimpse of someone that’s looking at her.

The “Woman in a Green Dress”

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According to meisterdrucke.uk, this is one of the paintings that got Claude’s first recognition and about nine hundred francs which is an amazing amount of money for an artist that’s was struggling at the moment. The painting represents his first wife Camille Doncieux once again, wearing a green dress and curling her hair with the right hand. This is just one of the many paintings where Claude portrays his wife, and although this picture was done in the impressionism period, many people say it looks more as like it was done in a realist style.

The “San Giorgio Maggiore during Dusk”

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When Claude Monet visited Venice back in 1908, it has already been portrayed by numerous artists so he didn’t even intend to paint. However, when he saw how some parts of the town looked during the dusk, he immediately asked for his painting material. After a lot of effort, he began a series of preliminary work which all resulted into finished paintings a few months later when he returned home. One of the most successful and famous ones from those series is the “Venice at Dusk” which gained a lot of attention both from fans and critics.

The “Haystacks Series”

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If you’ve ever wondered how interesting can a painting of a haystack be, well, just take a look at these series and you’ll have your answer. Monet’s most notable work includes the Haystacks series which are about twenty-five canvases painted with the same subject, haystacks. Most of them are located in his homeland, Giverny, France, and he noted them while having a casual walk along the countryside. This inspired him to paint them and they turned out very successful.