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  1. From 1888 to 1891, Claude Monet painted a series of 25 paintings under the single title “Haystacks”. He worked on them like this-early in the morning an elderly artist went out into the field. Behind him, his stepdaughter dragged a cart with canvases on stretchers. On each of them was an unfinished “Stack”. At 8.15 am, he would take the first canvas out of the cart and work on it for 15-20 minutes, then take out the next canvas at 9 am and paint the next stack as it looked at 9 am, then paint the next stack as it was at 10.30 am…and so on until the evening. Thus, he painted 15 canvases. All of them depicted haystacks at different times of the day, all of them, according to the master, were not finished, but nevertheless it was necessary to live on something and pay bills, and in 1891 in the gallery of Durand-Roel (a good friend of Monet) “Haystacks” were exhibited and sold in three days for fantastic sums from four to six thousand francs each. Then, wanting to repeat the success, the master will write another 10 “Stacks” and sell them immediately. Almost all of them ended up in America, of which only 17 works are in museums, and the rest are in private hands.

    Such a long backstory was needed in order to show that” Haystacks ” was an incredible success and had a huge commercial potential even during Monet's lifetime. And of course, every year the price of them only increased. The last owner of the painting in question bought it in 1986 for 2 million 53 thousand dollars and took it to America. And three days ago, at Sotheby's auction, a record $ 110.7 million was paid for it. Who left is unknown! The question is-is it worth it??? I think it's worth it! The whole system of auctions is designed to get the maximum price per lot. Auctions have existed for centuries and mankind has not come up with a different, fairer system for evaluating works of art. If Sotheby's gave 110 million dollars for a picture, then it's worth 110 million. And this is the final verdict and it is not subject to appeal.

  2. I agree with the author-yes, they are, and I am glad that even during the lifetime of the master they were highly valued. I would also like to add(I myself love to draw very much) let those who are in doubt draw on the street from 8.15 to 20.15 and that the output would be something for which I would like to give if not 120,000 euros(6000 Fr. in modern times). at the exchange rate), then at least 6000 rubles. And if you don't like Haystacks, then you didn't see our haystacks at dawn.

  3. It's too early for me to judge such a product .Having created something like this, probably mzhno to answer your question, but for now I “ranosud” such art.

    Expression was torn into canvases -this is just one evaluation criterion….

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