Painting Monet "Water Lilies: The Willow Reflection" returned to Japan 02/03/2018 automatic translate
PARIS. Presumably the sketch of the painting "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet, once owned by a Japanese collector, but considered lost in the decades after World War II, was found and identified in the Louvre.
The oil painting, called "Water Lilies: The Willow Reflection," was discovered by a researcher, folded in the corner of the Louvre vault in Paris. Canvas size of 2 to 4 meters is very badly damaged and, unfortunately, now looks like this:
The value of the picture is not established, but the works of Monet are among the most expensive in the world. One version of the "Water Lilies" at auction in 2014 was sold for 32 million pounds sterling.
The painting, created in 1916, is considered an etude of one of the iconic works of the artist - a series of paintings "Water Lilies", located in the Museum of Orange in Paris.
The canvas once belonged to the Japanese business tycoon and art collector Kojiro Matsukate, who presumably bought it directly from the artist before the Second World War. The painting disappeared after the collector sent her to Paris for several years for safe storage, along with other western works from his collection.
During the war, the collection of Mr. Matsucata was requisitioned by the French government as an enemy property, before other works of art were eventually returned to Japan by the French government in 1959. The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo was established the same year - nine years after the death of Kojiro Matsukata - in order to accommodate the surviving works of his extensive collection. This picture in the returned collection was not.
During the war, the canvas was transported to a warehouse on the outskirts of Paris and for the next decades was considered to be lost. Now he is back in Japan, where experts are currently performing a painstaking task to restore it. The restored painting will be exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum of Western Art in June 2019.
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