The painting, owned by a Japanese collector, did not receive the welcome expected on Sunday at an auction in Montbazon. In question, the pandemic preventing the arrival of foreign buyers, according to the auctioneer Philippe Rouillac.
A painting by Claude Monet (1840-1926) entitled Dieppe, put up for sale at auction on Sunday at one million euros in Montbazon (Indre-et-Loire), was withdrawn from the sale, for lack of buyer. The 74 cm by 60 cm canvas, painted in February 1882 by the artist during a stay in Normandy, represents the entrance to the city of Dieppe.
A few minutes after the launch of the auction within the framework of the Château d’Artigny, the auctioneers Philippe and Aymeric Rouillac announced to the audience that, no one having come forward, the work, owned by a collector Japanese, was withdrawn from the sale, noted an AFP correspondent.
“You do not buy a painting for a million euros on a photo”
Philippe Rouillac, auctioneer
«It is a painting that Claude Monet kept until his death, for which it is not signed.», Explained Philippe Rouillac. “An artist signs when he sells. We have a strong case as to its authentication. This is a Monet, there is not a shadow of a doubt“, he added. For the auctioneers, the painting did not receive the expected reception due to “the pandemic” who “prevented British, American and Chinese buyers from coming to see it. You don’t buy a million dollar painting on a photo», Analyzed Philippe Rouillac. “It is a disappointment. The Dieppe museum dreams of this canvas. We will try to help him gather the necessary means so that he can acquire it if he wishes.», Aymeric Rouillac said at a press conference.