Claude Monet was a French artist who, together with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is considered to be a pioneer of Impressionism. Monet studied at the École des Beaux Arts, but wanted to develop his painting in a different direction than the traditional. Monet befriended Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the École des Beaux Arts, and together they devised a new approach to viewing painting. They painted the effects of outdoor light using blended colors and rapid brushstrokes, the art style that later became known as Impressionism. Monet often painted a series of paintings with the same subject in different lighting conditions.
Sotheby’s upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Auction will feature six important pieces by Claude Monet. The group of paintings represents almost half a decade and features some of the artist’s most renowned subjects such as water lilies and the coast of Normandy. The combined estimate for the six paintings reaches $78 million, the sale will take place at Sotheby’s New York on May 5 & 6.