Mega-Collector Larry Ellison Loaning the Met a Matching Monet


An early, rarely seen Claude Monet painting is being lent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to hang beside a similar work from its permanent collection, the New York Times reports. Collector Larry Ellison, who recently purchased a Hawaiian island and then several airlines to accommodate it,  is handing the painting over to the Met for six months, where it will be paired up and displayed with the institution’s Monet.

“Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden” was made in 1867 while the 27-year-old artist was staying at a seaside resort with his family. There are accounts that Monet had about 20 paintings in the works at the time, and several of them show his father in various states of lounging, all in the same outfit, complete with a panama hat.

The painting remained in the artist’s family until 2004 and has had a short exhibition history since, though it was notably included in the Monet retrospective at the Musée d’Orsay in 2010-11.

The Met also has a seaside depiction of Adolphe in its collection, but the borrowed piece will be shown with the “Garden at Saint-Adresse” (1867, above), which has a complimentary garden subject in addition to the artist’s father and his hat. The two works are on view, side-by-side, for the next six months in Gallery 818 of the Met’s European Paintings section.

— Meredith Caraher

(Image: Claude Monet, “Garden at Sainte-Adresse,” 1867. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)