• gerard van weyenbergh

Show me the Monet, by Banksy, sold $ 10M.

Show me the Monet, the painting by British urban artist Banksy parodying Claude Monet's Water Lilies, was sold on Wednesday in London for 7.6 million pounds (8.5 million euros), the auction house announced.

"Five determined collectors" fought for nearly nine minutes of an online auction the work, initially estimated between 3 and 5 million pounds, before one of them won for 7.6 million, or "the second-highest price ever ” by a work by Banksy in an auction.

This painting dating from 2005 takes up one of the famous works of the French impressionist painter showing a Japanese bridge over a flowering basin, in which now also dipped orange signaling pads and an old caddy.

"Banksy highlights here the contempt of society for the environment in the face of the wasteful excesses of consumerism", said in a press release Alex Branczik, European head of contemporary art at Sotheby's, who sees in the artist from Bristol a "visionary" .

Show me the Monet is part of a series of paintings entitled "Crude Oils", in which the artist had fun diverting great classics of painting. We find a version of Van Gogh's Sunflowers with wilted flowers, Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe diverted into Kate Moss or even Edward Hopper's Nighthawks where a man in boxer shorts in the colors of the British flag has stoned the window of the famous bar.

Le Journal des arts.

© Sotheby's , Banksy : Show me the Monet