Banksy's 'remix' of Monet's garden masterpiece to go on sale

Lawrence Kim
September 23, 2020

Banksy's contemporary re-interpretation of Claude Monet's depiction of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny will be part of Sotheby's live-streamed auction on October 21.

London auction house Sotheby's unveiled an oil painting by popular street artist Banksy on Sept.18 ahead of a livestream auction.

The outlet mentions that the work was displayed for the public in Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries till September 19, following which, it is said to have been moved to NY and Hong Kong for further exhibitions.

The series also includes tongue-in-cheek tributes that show Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers with the flowers wilting or dead in their vase; Edward Hopper's Nighthawks augmented by an angry man in Union Flag boxer shorts moments after breaking the bar window with a chair; and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe re-faced with Kate Moss.

Banksy added shopping carts and a bright orange traffic cone to Monet's The Water Lily Pond for his Show Me the Monet, seemingly referencing human tendency to cause environmental damage. Ever prescient as a voice of protest and social dissent, here Banksy shines a light on society's disregard for the environment in favour of the wasteful excesses of consumerism.

According to Sotheby's, it is a "mischievous twist on the Impressionist painter's work".

It will also be displayed in NY and Hong Kong later in September.

"They are, for many collectors, the holy grail - the sort of work a serious collector will live in hope of acquiring".

In October past year, a large Banksy painting depicting primates sitting in Britain's parliament sold for more than $12 million, a record price at auction for a work by the secretive British street artist, according to Sotheby's.

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