The painting “Meules” (french for haystack) by impressionist Claude Monet was sold on Tuesday at the Sotheby’s auction house for $ 110.7 million. Seven bidders had spent eight minutes competing for the masterpiece until the record price was reached. Art dealers had previously priced it only to 55 million dollars. At its last auction, “Meules” went to the highest bidder for 2.53 million in 1986.
In the winter months of 1890/91 Claude Monet painted 25 paintings of haystacks in different lighting and weather conditions. With this series Monet began to break with his fellow painters and many trips during the 1880s serially deal with a topic and to question the impressionistic landscape painting of the previous decades. In the rural setting of Giverny, Monet found the ideal conditions for his research on color, blur and mood. He set up his canvas near his garden wall and looked west or southwest towards the Seine. The subsequent field was called Clos Morin.
Although this extraordinary price sets a record for the Frenchman Monet, it is nowhere even close to the exorbitant price of Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci, which current whereabouts are mysteriously unknown.