The National Museum of Western Art

update 06 October 2020

on display Permanent collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Yellow Irises

Datec. 1914-17
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)200 x 101
InscriptionsStamped upper right and lower left (studio's seal): Claude Monet (Lugt no. 1819b)
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Wildenstein 1826
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1986-0002
Yellow Irises

Monet's subject range gradually narrowed to the contents of his garden after his move to Givergny and this work is an extremely decorative example of his still lifes during this period. The work exudes a Japanese sensibility with its tall picture plane reminiscent of Japanese wall panel paintings, and the spatial ambiguity of the ascending, undulating lines produces a decidedly decorative effect. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Michel Monet, Giverny; Baron von Leitner, Paris; Dr. and Mrs. Ralph André Kling, New York; Marlborough Fine Art, London/New York; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bucksbaum, New York; Auc., Christie's, New York, 13 May 1980, no. 61; Stanley J. Seeger; Auc., Sotheby's, New York, 18 November 1986, no. 21; Seibu Pisa; Purchased by the NMWA, 1986.

Exhibition History

1960
Claude Monet: Seasons and Moments, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 7 March 1960 - 14 May 1960, cat. no. 115 (dated as 1918-26, with incorrect dimensions)
1989
The French Modern Painting, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Miyakonojo City Museum, 15 April 1989 - 14 May 1989, cat. no. 7, col. repr.
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Cultural Center of Toyota City, 19 May 1990 - 3 June 1990, cat. no. 7
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum, 10 April 1990 - 23 April 1990, cat. no. 7
1990
[Tour Exhibition] The French Modern Art, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Cultural Center of Kagawa Prefecture, Takamatsu, 28 April 1990 - 13 May 1990, cat. no. 7
1996
The Crossing Visions: European and Modern Japanese Art from the Collections of The National Museum of Western Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 20 July 1996 - 8 September 1996, cat. no. 49
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 42
2007
Monet: l'art de Monet et sa postérité, The National Art Center, Tokyo, 7 April 2007 - 2 July 2007, cat. no. 82, col. repr.
2010
Monet y la abstracción, Casa de las Alhajas, Fundacion Caja Madrid, 23 February 2010 - 30 May 2010, cat. no. 65, col. repr.
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, Pola Museum of Art, 13 July 2013 - 24 November 2013, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013-9 March 2014, cat. no. 77, col. repr.
2017
Hokusai and Japonisme, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 21 October 2017 - 28 January 2018, cat. no. 130, col. repr.

Bibliography

1972
Rouart, Denis; Rey, Jean-Dominique; Maillard, Robert. Monet, nymphéas: ou, les miroirs du temps. Paris, 1972, p. 189, repr.
1980
Lévêque, Jean-Jaques. Monet. Fribourg, 1980, p. 95, repr.
1985
Wildenstein, Daniel. Claude Monet: Biographie et Catalogue Raisonné. Tome 4 (1899-1926), Lausanne/ Paris, 1985, p. 206, no. 1826, repr.; tome 5, 1991, p. 54.
1990
Catalogue of painting acquisitions: 1979-1989. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1990, pp. 48-50, repr.
1990
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. Nos. 21-22 (1986-87), 1990, Mabuchi, Akiko. New Acquisitions 1986-87. pp. 13-14, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions 1986-87. pp. 28-29, repr.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 4, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, p. 865, cat. no. 1826, repr. color.

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