Claude Monet

1840-1926

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Value, estimation and price of the artist Claude Monet

Price of a painting: 55,000 – 81 400,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 19,000 – 440,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 50 – 8,000 €.

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Education and poverty

Claude Monet was a French Impressionist painter born on 14 November 1840 in Giverny and who died on December 5, 1926 in his native town. The painter’s particular technique was to paint the first sketches on the entire canvas in front of the model and then make numerous retouches in the studio until he was satisfied.

Claude Monet moved to Paris in 1859 where he attended classes at the Académie Suisse, where he met Camille Pissarro. Although he applied, the young artist was not admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts at first. Instead, he studied with the painter Charles Gleyre in the studios of the Imperial School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1862, where he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Albert Sisley. He became a copyist at the Louvre the following year.

Monet is especially renowned for his paintings of the Bay of Honfleur. He made a name for himself at the Salon de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1866 with his painting La Femme en Robe Verte. The work depicts his lover Camille Doncieux, who he married in 1870, but in complete poverty. He could hardly bear to live in poverty and attempted suicide in 1868.

Recognition and Series

Claude Monet moved to England and then to the Netherlands during the War of 1870, but very quickly returned to France and exhibited in 1874 at the first exhibition of the future Impressionists. The painter sold 29 canvases in 1972, which enabled him to buy a studio boat on which to paint the Seine. His financial woes came to an end in 1878 when he met Ernest Hoschedé. The two men and their respective families moved together to Vétheuil in the Val-d’Oise and then in 1883 to Giverny in Normandy.

Claude Monet dedicated himself to the series of paintings from 1890 onwards, where he painted the same motif at different times of the day or during new seasons. His series include Les Meules, Les Peupliers, Les Parlements de Londres and of course Les Nymphéas. His last years were punctuated by illness, cataracts which prevented him from painting and the death of Alice Hoschedé who he was very close to. He died of lung cancer at the age of 86.

The painting Meule  by Claude Monet sold for $81.4 million on November 16, 2016 at Christie’s New York.

Recognising Claude Monet’s signature

Like many artists, Claude Monet did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a Monet’s artwork

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