Dans La Prairie, a classic Impressionist oil painting by Claude Monet, has sold for more than £11m at a London auction, but fell short of its estimated price of £15m. The image is of Monet's wife, Camille, reading in a field of wild flowers, and sold for £11,241,250, Christie's said.
My favourite Monets are in the Orangerie in the Tuileries. I always go and look at Monet's waterlillies when I'm in Paris (whatever the season), and it's always such a special treat.
Don't you love the names of oil paints? I bought a whole bunch the other day for class and the names are so pretty: Vert Emeraude, Jaune De Cadmium, Noir D'Ivoire, Terre De Siena Brulee, Cramoisi D'Alizarine. It's nice to know that students and masters alike use the same paints and materials.