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Meule, soleil couchant
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The present work is one of only a handful of oils that Monet painted in 1909, mainly due to the illness of his wife Alice. Commissioned by Arthur Meyer, proprietor of the newspaper 'Le Gaulois', Meule, soleil couchant is one of two small paintings that Monet executed that summer; the other work, Paysage à Port-Villez (Wildenstein, op.cit., no. 1774), is in the collection of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. Both were intended to be used to decorate the binding of Meyer's copy of the original edition of Zola's La Terre, published by Edition Charpentier et Cie., Paris in 1887. The motif of the hay-stack occupies a critical position in Monet's work. With his series executed between 1889 and 1891, Monet revitalised the Impressionist tradition, elevating it to a new plane, while celebrating the timeless grandeur of the French countryside. The means by which Monet, for the first time, systematically repeated a subject in formalist terms became an important inspiration to many leading 20th-century artists. Paul Hayes Tucker describes the importance of the hay-stack pictures as:\n'They are the culmination... of Monet's efforts to decentralize Impressionism, as their generic qualities of sight and subject make them, in the end, representations of the French countryside as a whole...these paintings also reveal Monet's intense grouping of a single subject en plein air and his evident desire to abstract highly refined variations from that one motif. No one could say that these canvases were dashed off or that Monet lacked discipline, seriousness, or skill. Indeed, his palette appears expansive in these works, his brushwork a brilliant combination of description and independence, his compositions both classical and novel, his sensitivity to light astonishingly artful yet strikingly believable...these paintings...would earn Monet his long sought place in the hierarchy of contemporary art' (Paul Hayes Tucker, Monet in the Nineties, The Series Paintings, New Haven, 1989, p. 34).\nSigned Claude Monet (lower right)
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medium

Oil on vellum

creator

Claude Monet

condition

Oil on vellum laid down on board, taped to the upper edge of the over mount. There are tiny spots of paint loss to the lower left edge. Otherwise this work is in overall very good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

11.6 by 18.9cm., 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 in.

exhibition

Paris, Petit Palais, Maîtres illustrateurs, 1919, no.158-6 Paris, Durand-Ruel, Monet, 1928, no. 46 Paris, Galerie Schmidt, Maîtres français XIXe/XXe siècles, 1979, no. 49 Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, La passion du dessin. Collection Jan et Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2002, no. 127, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Vienna, Albertina Museum, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 55, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Das Ewige Auge - Von Rembrandt bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2007, no. 126, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

literature

Arthur Meyer, Mes livres, mes dessins, mes autographes, Paris, 1921, p. 115, no. 461 Adolphe Tabarant, 'La Curiosité', in Le Bulletin de la vie artistique, 1st June 1924, p. 252 & 15th June 1924, p. 275 Lionello Venturi, Les Archives de l'Impressionisme, Paris & New York, 1939, vol. I, pp. 420-21 & 424 Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet. Biographie et Catalogue raisonné 1899-1926, Lausanne & Paris, 1985, vol. IV, no. 1773, illustrated p. 247. Lettres de Claude Monet, nos. 1880, 1881 & 1897, pp. 376-77. Lettres de Durand-Ruel à Claude Monet, nos. 207, 210 & 211, pp. 428-29 Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1996, vol. IV, no. 1773, illustrated p. 834

provenance

Arthur Meyer, Paris (commissioned from the artist in late 1908; sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 3rd-6th June 1924, lot 532) Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (purchased at the above sale) Art Moderne, Lucerne (sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 20th June 1935, lot 46) Pfeiffer Collection, Paris (purchased at the above sale) Olivier Senn, Paris Sale: Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 10th December 1959, lot 22 Private Collection, France (acquired circa 1969; sale: Sotheby's, London, 6th February 2001, lot 117) Purchased at the above sale by the late owner

signedDate

Signed Claude Monet (lower right)

time_period

Painted in 1909.

consignmentDesignation

From Goya to Picasso: Works from the Private Collection of Jan Krugier

creator_nationality_dates

1840 - 1926


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