"Gardening was something I learned in my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
Jonquilles was once part of, arguably, the most beautiful room in the history of the world. Monet was commissioned by his art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, to paint panels to grace the opulent interior of his famed drawing room. Jonquilles is one of the panels from that room. The bright hues and complex brushwork in this exceptional still life create an awe-inspiring effect of luminosity that seems to mimic the sun's rays upon each delicate daffodil. It is certainly among Monet's finest small works.
It was Monet's move to Giverny in 1883 that led to the founder of Impressionism's creation of the art world's most iconic floral paintings. Upon entering this strikingly picturesque northern French village, Monet was immediately inspired by the flora and abundance of natural beauty. The artist began painting flowers exclusively for the next 40 years, and as he expanded the complexity of his personal, now world-famous gardens, his paintings followed suit. As the attention and demand for floral canvases grew, Monet employed a full-time staff of gardeners and groundskeepers so that he could concentrate solely on painting.
Jonquilles is accompanied by certificates of authenticity by the Wildenstein Institute and the Art Loss Register.