One of the things I thoroughly enjoy is attending art auctions at the major auction houses in New York. Whether it be Christie’s or Sotheby’s, when you attend an art auction you feel like anything can happen. It’s almost magic. The last time I attended a Christie’s auction, I was fortunate to purchase a piece by French Impressionist Claude Monet. I love the impressionist painters. They were the rebels of their day, painting in an informal way, and painting informal scenes, using a different method and basically creating a whole new movement in the art world. I’ve always liked the non-comformist, someone who suffers for what they believe. I don’t think that Pissarro, Monet, or any of those who were part of the original impressionist movement would believe the world-wide interest in their style of art today. They certainly would be shocked at the prices at which these paintings are now moving!
La Plaine de Gennevilliers
Painted in 1877 – Oil on canvas – 19 5/8 x 24 inches
Oscar-Claude Monet is a famous painter and is among the founders of the French Impressionist movement. Monet’s was known for documenting the French countryside, but he took a different direction through Impressionism. Impressionist painting is a 19th-century art style characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes. Through this technique, Monet painted the same scene several times to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. He strived to paint landscapes and contemporary life rather than historical or mythological scenes. Monet’s best-known pieces come from his house in Giverny, France, where he had vast landscaping and lily ponds that inspired him.