This October, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off Banksy‘s Show Me the Monet painting inspired by Claude Monet‘s famous impressionist work, The Water Lily Pond 1899. In his witty reworking, the elusive British artist subverted Monet’s idyllic composition with images of shopping carts and a traffic cone dumped into the pond. Seemingly, the artist was attempting to shed light on pollution and environment damage caused by humans.
Banksy first unveiled the work fifteen years ago as part of his exhibition titled “Crude Oils: A Gallery of Re-mixed Masterpieces, Vandalism and Vermin” in London. The free show displayed 22 of the artist’s reinterpreted paintings by old masters, subverting not only the compositions but the context of those canonical pieces.
Show me the Monet is among several paintings which the artist recreated in his own sardonic light. Banksy reimagined Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers wilting in their vase, Jack Vettriano’s Singing Butler with two men clad in hazard suits as well as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe re-faced with Kate Moss.
Show me the Monet is currently on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London before traveling to New York and Hong Kong later this month. It will then return to London for the October 21 auction, having a pre-sale estimate of £3-5 million GBP (approx. $3.8-6.4 million USD). The sale of Show me the Monet arrives a year after Banksy’s Devolved Parliament sold at Sotheby’s London for a record breaking £9.9 million ($12.2 million USD).