Claude Monet’s “Haystack”
The founder of French Impressionism, Claude Monet, oil on canvas iconic ‘haystack’ painting has sold for over $110 million at an auction in New York. This is a world auction record for the artist and the first impressionist artwork to cross the $ 100 million threshold at an auction.
The painting which was titled “Meules” was completed in 1890 and is part of a series of 25 other paintings that illustrate stacks of harvested wheat that belonged to Claude’s neighbor in Giverny, France. It is one of only four ‘haystack series’ to have come for auction this century, and one of eight to be in private hands.
The piece is widely recognized for its importance in the impressionist movement and is praised for depicting the play of light on his subject. Claude’s works in the series have been displayed in some of the most famous museums including Musee D’Orsay in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago and Getty Center in Los Angeles.