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Through 20 December

Although a century apart, Claude Monet and Gerhard Richter each redefined painting and the art world in their respective eras. Monet, rejected by the conservative Académie des Beaux-Arts in the 1860s, founded the Impressionist movement by expressing his perceptions of nature as truly and immediately as possible. Light, colour and shape took centre stage rather than the figurative form. Richter, working since the 1960s, has pursued arguably the most profound modern-day inquiry into nature and the purpose of painting in the post-war era. As he creates in reaction to genres as diverse as Pop Art, photography and landscapes, Richter’s abstract masterpieces bridge the gap between colourist and conceptualist and similarly break the paradigm of tradition.

Christie’s anticipated selling exhibition Monet ǀ Richter addresses the implicit dialogue between these two prominent art visionaries and showcases the special collaboration between the Impressionist and Modern Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art departments. Preview the evolving viewing room whose carefully curated pairings pose a fundamental challenge to the distinction between abstraction and representation.


  • Claude Monet (1840‒1926)

    Chêne au Bas-Bréau, le Bodmer
    signed ‘Claude Monet’ (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    21 ⅜ x 16 ⅛ in. (54.4 x 41 cm.)
    Painted circa 1865

  • Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

    Bäume im Feld (Trees in Field), 1988
    oil on canvas
    32.5 x 44 in. (82 x 112 cm.)

  • Claude Monet (1840‒1926)

    Leicester Square, la nuit
    stamped ‘Claude Monet’ (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    31 ½ x 25 ¼ in. (80 x 64 cm.)
    Painted in 1900-1901

  • Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

    Abstraktes Bild
    signed twice, numbered twice and dated twice '889-11 Richter 2004 889-11
    Richter 2004' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    34 ¼ x 50 ½ in. (87 x 128.3 cm.)
    Painted in 2004

Exhibition information

Online exhibition through 20 December


Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10020

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