The good folks over at Sotheby’s recently unveiled a Claude Monet water lilies painting entitled Le Bassin aux Nymphéas. The large-scale piece will soon be auctioned in the Impressionist and modern art evening sale at Sotheby’s New York on May 12th. The painting was completed during the last decade of the artist’s life, between 1917-1919.
The painter was deeply inspired by a garden with a lily pond by his home in Giverny. He created a series of paintings that were inspired by the subject, called the Grandes Decorations. Monet’s defining moment during his last two decades offered a more abstract approach filled with color and detail. Monet’s water lilies series are quite popular, with one work selling for $80.5 million USD in 2008. Le Bassin aux Nymphéas is estimated to go for $40 million USD.
Take a closer look at the work in the image up top and find out more regarding the auction from Sotheby’s. While you’re at it, be sure to keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more art news, exhibitions, and art drops coming soon.
Photos via Sotheby’s