Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, 1872, oil on canvas.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Claude Monet’s timeless, contemplative canvases continue to captivate audiences around the world nearly 100 years after the artist’s death. He left an indelible mark on art history with his pioneering style and role in shaping the Impressionist movement, which took its name from the debut of his seminal 1872 painting Impression, Sunrise. Recent presentations of Monet’s work at the Denver Art Museum and the One Art Museum in Shanghai have drawn international attention, and in 2019 Sotheby’s set a new record for the artist with the $110.7 million sale of his Meules (1890). ARTnews asked five curators to each select a significant work by Monet and discuss its importance—art historically and personally.