Claude Monet. Agapanthus. 1914-26

Claude Monet

Agapanthus

1914-26

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 6" x 70 1/4" (198.2 x 178.4 cm)
Credit
Gift of Sylvia Slifka in memory of Joseph Slifka
Object number
527.1992
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 2 other works online.
Claude Monet has 6 works online.
There are 2,326 paintings online.

Monet's Water Lily paintings are based fundamentally on direct observation of nature. The artist frequently painted outdoors, drawing endless inspiration from the plants, trees, and pond at Giverny. The gardens on his property were the great extravagance of his final years; their upkeep required the services of six full-time gardeners. Monet planted agapanthus—a thin, wispy lily plant native to Africa—along the banks of his pond as well as several other types of indigenous and imported vegetation, such as wisteria, irises, and bamboo.

Gallery label from Monet's Water Lilies, September 13, 2009–April 12, 2010

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
The artist, Giverny; by inheritance to his son Michel Monet (1878-1966), Giverny, 1926 [1]; sold to Katia Granoff, Paris, by 1958 [2]; sold to Joseph and Sylvia Slifka, New York, c. 1958/1959 [3]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York (Gift of Sylvia Slifka in memory of Joseph Slifka), 1992.

[1] Per catalogue raisonné Wildenstein (no. 1822).
[2] Not in Wildenstein. Per letter Katia Granoff, Paris, to Alfred Barr, New York, April 26, 1958, Collection files, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Granoff likely acquired the painting in 1956. See Michel Leja, "The Monet Revival and the New York School Abstraction," Paul Hayes Tucker, ed., Monet in the 20th Century, exh. cat. Boston: MFA, 1998, p. 100.
[3] Included in the exhibition Claude Monet: Seasons and Moments, New York: The Museum
of Modern Art, March 9 - May 15, 1960, and Los Angeles: LACMA, June 14-August 7, 1960, no. 114 ("Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Slifka, New York").

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