Claude Monet’s Meules, the most splendid and ebullient work from Monet’s famed Haystacks series, sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale for the spectacular price of $110,747,000. This winning bid shattered the previous record for the highest sum ever paid for a work by Monet, signaling the enduring value and popularity of the French Impressionist master; the bid is also the record for any Impressionist work of art.
The unique perspective, dynamic composition, and vibrant paint palette sets Meules apart, even in a series as celebrated as Haystacks. Strong diagonal lines (one from the rightward-facing perspective, the other from slanted beams of sunlight) meet at the center of the work, grounding the layers of elaborate brushstrokes and guiding the viewer’s gaze across the canvas. The result is a captivating landscape that emanates a sense of profound harmony and well-being.