Gurlitt Collection: Claude Monet's work found in a suitcase

Cornelius Gurlitt, a hermit collector, whose treasure collection (from Tiepolo to Degas and Otto Dix) was collected by his father, an art dealer under the Nazis, even excites the public after his death. This time it is about drawing the work of Claude Monet himself, and from a very well-known series of works. Landscape The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read further found not in the apartment or in the house of Gurlitt, but ... in his suitcase.

In December 2013, shortly after the discovery of a huge 1.4 thousand-strong collection of paintings and drawings, sketches and sculptures that were considered lost during the bombing of Dresden, Gurlitt was hospitalized with heart disease. He took a suitcase with him, and on discharge, after the operation, for some reason left his luggage in the hospital.
In May 2014, the 81-year-old collector passed away in the midst of trials about the fate of the treasure. And only recently, the administrator of the collection, who was once appointed by the court, received a mysterious briefcase and found the work of Monet there.

The image is promised to be shown to the public soon, while it is only known that it is “in blue tones” and was written around 1864, moreover, in the spirit of works from Saint-Adress. Sometimes they mention the famous "Terrace in St. Adress" (1867).

Terrace in Saint-Adventure Claude Monet1867, 98.1 × 129.9 cm

By the way, the picture found in the suitcase is very valuable, but it doesn’t compare with another work from the Gurlitt collection - an oil painting “Waterloo Bridge, London” (Waterloo Bridge, London, 1903), which was estimated at $ 13 million. And in this case we can talk about the amount of up to a million: for example, in 2010, Monet's drawing on paper was sold for $ 746,500 at Sotheby's auction. But how to evaluate the fact: the work was considered lost, destroyed, and here it is again in our world!

The painting “Terrace in Saint-Adress” (1867) by Claude Monet is a recognized and famous masterpiece, which is kept in the Metropolitan Museum (New York). But who enjoys a wonderful day? Meet: in the foreground in the chair on the right is the artist's father Adolph. Under an umbrella, with her back to the audience - perhaps Aunt Monet, Madame Lekadr, or her sister Monet, Sophie. Well, a fascinating lady, standing under a yellow umbrella, who talks to a young man - artist cousin Jeanne Margherita.

Different pictures - different colors and types of St. Address

Claude Monet - one of the "pillars of impressionism." Well, and St. Andress is a place in Normandy at the mouth of the Seine, which Bohemian art chose: for example, Sarah Bernhardt built a villa here. Well, and Claude Monet, in need, simply left Paris and returned to his father’s house, and in 1866-1868. He lived here for a long time with his aunt, Madame Lecadre. And, of course, drew!From a letter from 1867 to a friend, Basil (about creating about 20 canvases):
“... several seascapes, several figures and types of gardens. In addition, among the marinas I write sailing races in Le Havre, with a large number of people on the shore. ”
Some of these paintings are recognized and well-known masterpieces, from the mentioned “Terraces ...” to “Regatta in Saint-Address”. Well, we perfectly know and love the work "Lady in the Garden of Saint-Adress". This is one of the pearls of the State Hermitage painting collection.The lady in the garden of Saint-AdressClaude Monet1867, 82 × 101 cmBeach at Saint-AdresseClod Monet1867, 75 × 101 cmHelp Arthive: The “Gurlitt Collection” (older, then younger) is paintings, drawings, sketches by modernists and old masters of world magnitude. Among the works hidden by the collector are mainly canvases of modernists: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Emile Nolde, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Oscar Kokoschka, Max Lieberman and many others. There are also pictures of old masters and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The continuation of the list of names is as follows: Durer, Canaletto, Delacroix, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Francesco Guardi, Jean-Honore Fragonard ... Works by Ingres, Gauguin, Manet, Tiepolo, Hokusai ... Recall that in the Gurlitt collection - thousands of works of different value, from oil paintings to sketches. Their fate was questionable for a long time because of the controversial origins of the collection with a clear “Nazi trail,” and the claims of the heirs of the former owners, from whom they had once taken pictures.
Shortly before his death, Gurtill signed an agreement with the German government (and Bavaria) to return to them the works of art and art confiscated by the Nazis.
Well, the work that art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt acquired for nothing after the exhibition so-called. "Degenerative art", as Cornelius assured - to save them from destruction by the Nazis, were bequeathed to the Kunstmuseum museum in Bern, Switzerland. Until the end of the year there must take the collection under his care, and, perhaps, part of the work will be sold.