Entries from November 2016

The Most Expensive Monet in the World

November 21, 2016


Claude Monet, Meule (Grainstack) 1891, private collection

This very colorful sunset at Giverny behind a grainstack has just sold at auction for 81.4 million dollars, setting a new record for a work by Claude Monet.

For this sale Christie’s has published a very interesting booklet that you can read on line here. It details the making of the work and its significance in art history. You will also read why it is not a haystack!

Thank You

November 10, 2016


Thanksgiving is a typically North American feast that we don’t have in Europe, but I wish to borrow it for a moment to say a big end-of-the-year Thank You.

Thank you to all the people who visited France this year, and to those who traveled to Giverny.

Thank you to the staff of Giverny, especially to the gardeners, for making it such a lovely place to enjoy.

Thank you to the sun that was so present last summer and autumn.

And thank you to mother Nature for creating all the heart shaped leaves that I like so much and love discovering in the gardens.