“NYMPHÉAS EN FLEUR” BY CLAUDE MONET (1914 – 1917)
Though Leonardo De Vinci’s work remains missing, one relevant piece of artwork that hasn’t disappeared from the public eye is French painter Claude Monet’s 1804 painting Nympheas en Fleur. Another artist to turn the world upside down, Monet was the founding father of the Impressionists era, as the movement’s name drew directly from his 1827 painting Impression, Sunrise. When Monet moved to a city west of Paris in 1883, most of her work was centered around paintings of his hand-crafted garden. His most famous work included the 250 versions of Water Lilies, and of course the memorable Nympheas en Fleur. According to the Christie’s Auction website, the painting sold to a buyer for a total of $84,687,500 million, which is a lot of money. Guess there’s no such thing as paying too much for a painting, especially if it’s as calming and hypnotizing as the Nympheas en Fleur!
“SUPREMATIST COMPOSITION” BY KAZIMIR MALEVICH (1916)
Russian artist Kazimir Malevich is arguably the founding father of abstract art as well, though the title hasn’t been made official, yet. The 1900s was a time where artists only composed pieces that were the everyday norm, while the unusual was rare. Malevich challenged traditional art by painting colorful geometric shapes, which was much of his work until 1919. The Russian artist’s reason for wanting to paint pictorials of shapes was to experience the extreme, outer limits of the art form. Looks like the further he went, the more successful he became. In May 2018, his 1916 piece Suprematist Composition sold for $85, 812, 500 at the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s New York as well.