Recently, a painting by Monet was sold at Sothebys in New York for almost $ 111 million ; they say it’s the highest price ever paid for an impressionist work. The picture in question is not one of the famous “water lilies” (think that the specialists have surveyed no less than two hundred and seventy two paintings belonging to the series) but rather of one of the so-called sheaves.
In this period Monet exerts a particular fascination on me also because I am reading a book whose story takes place in Giverny, a place where the painter had retired to paint.
The book, which I would call a noir, as you can guess from the title “Black water lilies”, is written by Michel Bussi and if you like the genre and you are passionate about art you should definitely read it.
Bussi describes the places very precisely; myself, having never been there, I checked with google street view.
In the picturesque town of Normandy, Monet had not only bought a house, but also built the famous water garden with the pond so often represented in his paintings in which he cultivated the beloved water lilies and to do which he had even diverted the course of a river.
Even the interiors of the house, a charming villa in which the painter lived for 43 years, are accurately described in the book. The blue living room, the yellow dining room, the kitchen with Rouen ceramics and then the private apartments of Monet, more classic and more intimate.
You want to go there, don’t you?
Foto tratte dal sito della Fondazione Monet dove puoi fare anche una visita virtuale della casa.