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Most Popular Last Seven Days 1. Founder: Ignacio Villarreal - These concerns, however, have not left the auction houses standing still and both have spruced themselves up with major new quarters, redesigned catalogues and websites. The auction house also posted this month on its website www. This auction is highlighted by two excellent water lily paintings by Claude Monet , a very strong Parisian window scene by Gustave Caillebotte , shown at the top of this article, a very good Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec , a nice landscape by Paul Gauguin , and some pleasant works by Edgar Degas , Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh and several good sculptures by Rodin In the early s, the artist purchased property in Giverny, France, and created a water lily pond that would become the main focus of his art for many years.
This work, shown above, is a very fine example of this famous series and has been in the same private collection for 85 years. It, too, is a very fine example of the series and its strong yellows and large horizontal format make it very striking and more interesting than the other, squarish and bluish painting.
This phase, by contrast with the works of the first decade of the century, were categorized by free, sweeping brushstrokes and lush color. They were also more daring in their color schemes and compositions. The ambiguous spatial relationships of colors and forms are critical to this passionate description of his aquatic garden and there is a charismatic tension generated between the solid forms of the floating flora and the intangible elements of the forms of colored reflections dancing on the surface of the water.
Inspite [of] the predominance of green, the canvas is exceptionally bright, its brilliant touches of blue and yellow enlivening the reflection of the sky and overhanging tress in the dark and brooding waters. The composition is further balanced with small touches of intense red.
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There is neither beginning nor end in this reflective surface, only the myriad of colors used to describe the flora, the changing light, and the motionless water. Precise as his recordings of phenomena are, it is an image rich with allusions to an ethereal, mystical realm.
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Annenberg Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art on loan. It is, without question, one of the great urban paintings.
The viewer is propelled into the paintings center with a sense of security, curiosity, awe, wonder, comfort and reverie. The man in the picture, seen only from the back, is elegant in his top hat, and self-assured in his pose leaning against the balcony.
Besides being very painterly, the work, which is the cover illustration of the catalogue, is remarkable for it could be cropped into many smaller fine compositions. The strong figure of the man in his dark attire, of course, stands out markedly and could be construed as a defiant celebration of the independence of the individual in the communal confines that cities represent.
The figure forces the viewer into a contemplative mood.
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We are not overlooking his shoulder but placed several feet away from him, not interrupting his space, or thoughts, or momentary privacy. This, in contrast, is intensely personal. Freed from the busyness and clamor of urban life, Caillebotte appears to have found in these rural scenes a degree of contentment and new outlets for his meditations on modern life.
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