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The Painting ‘Le Parlement, soleil couchant’ sold for $75.9M



The painting "Le Parlement, soleil couchant" depicts the landscape of the parliament building in London sold for $75.9 million.

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The painting "Le Parlement, soleil couchant" depicts the landscape of the parliament building in London sold for $75.9 million.

The painting, that was sold during Christie's The Collection of Anne H. Bass last weekend, depicts a sunset over London's Gothic building seen from across the Thames.

The painting ‘Le Parlement, soleil couchant’ sold for $75.9M

The painting "Le Parlement, soleil couchant" sold for $75.9M / ph: Christie's 


The painting "Le Parlement, soleil couchant" was acquired by the gallery Durand-Ruel et Cie in Paris from the artist in May 1904.  After that, the painting was bought by the American lawyer and banker William Lowell Putnam in 1907, and then bequeathed to his descendants.  In 1982, the painting was owned by the Acquavella gallery in New York.

The painting belongs to a group of 19 artworks about the parliament building painted by Monet in 1900 and 1901, of which five are in a private collection, 14 are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Gallery  National in Washington, Musée d'Orsay in Paris and Pushkin Museum in Moscow...

Claude Monet was born in 1840 in Paris, France, the second child in a business family.  As a teenager, Monet drew caricatures, then became a student of the painter Eugéne Boudin.  In 86 years, Monet has created 2,000 paintings, many of which are done right in his flower garden.

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Monet was a pioneer painter who founded French Impressionism.  The artist held a number of solo exhibitions such as: A Selection of Works in 1900, London: The Thames in 1904, Lily: River Landscapes in 1909, and Venice in 1912. 

In 1912, Monet has cataracts, poor health, but still tries to create many artworks. The painter died in 1926 of lung cancer.

The Painting ‘Le Parlement, soleil couchant’ sold for $75.9M

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