Dr. Georges de Bellio (13)
Claude Monet moved from Argenteuil to Vétheuil for financial reasons. He would often ask his friends for money during those years of poverty. One of those friends he could count upon was de Bellio. As a token of his gratitude, he dedicated this painting to his friend and patron, and gave it to him in 1879.
It didn’t leave de Bellio’s collection before at least 1920, when it was sold by his son-in-law, Eugène Donop de Monchy. In 2005 it appeared at Christie’s, where it was sold for little short of $4,900,000.
Claude Monet, La Seine près de Vétheuil, temps orageux (The Seine near Vetheuil, Stormy Weather), 1879. Oil on canvas, 60.8 x 100.5 cm. Private collection