Jonquilles is accompanied by certificates of authenticity by the Wildenstein Institute and the Art Loss Register.
"Gardening was something I learned in my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
Few artists have ever been able to capture the true essence of nature quite like Monet. In this exceptional pair of panels, entitled Jonquilles, bright hues and complex brushwork create an awe-inspiring effect of luminosity that seems to mimic the sun's rays upon each delicate daffodil. Painted for Paul Durand-Ruel, Monet's art dealer, these oils are certainly among Monet's finest small works.
It was Monet's move to Giverny in 1879 that led to the founder of Impressionism's creation of the art world's most iconic paintings. Upon entering this strikingly picturesque northern French village, Monet was immediately inspired by the flora and abundance of natural beauty. The artist began painting flowers exclusively for the next 40 years, and as he expanded the complexity of his personal, now world-famous gardens, his paintings followed suit. As the attention and demand for floral canvases grew, Monet employed a full-time staff of gardeners and groundskeepers so that he could concentrate solely on painting. When Monet's art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, remodeled his drawing room, he asked Monet to paint the panels of his double doors. This pair of paintings came from these center panels.
Born in Paris in 1840, Claude Monet was a leading figure of the Impressionist Movement. Renoir, Cézanne, Whistler and Manet were counted among his colleagues, and his works stood beside theirs at the First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874, the springboard for the entire Impressionist Movement. Monet was a dedicated student of nature and he remained a naturalist his entire life. He held a deep fascination with perspective and the play of movement and natural light. Few artists have ever been able to capture the true essence of nature quite like Monet, making him one of the most admired and recognized artists of all time.
Monet's works are represented in the finest museums around the world including the National Gallery, London, the Museé d'Orsay and the Louvre, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Hermitage in Russia, and many others around the world.