'Important' addition to collection

Rare Monet pastel goes on display at SNG

claude-monet-paintingA rare pastel by the impressionist artist Claude Monet is to be unveiled this week at the Scottish National Gallery.

This work, produced by the artist at a transitional moment in his career, has been in a Scottish private collection since the 1920s.

It has been allocated to the Gallery through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme.

The gallery said it is an important addition to the collection which includes five other works by Monet.

Speaking of the acquisition, Sir John Leighton, director-general, said: “This is the first work on paper by the outstanding French Impressionist Claude Monet to enter the national collection.

“It provides a wonderful complement to the major paintings in oil by the artist already in Edinburgh and is an atmospheric composition of remarkable subtlety and interest.

“We are immensely grateful to everyone who has made possible its transference to public ownership through the AIL (Acceptance in Lieu of Tax) scheme.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “This Monet is a distinguished addition to the Scottish National Gallery. The Acceptance in Lieu scheme is a fantastic system that allows galleries and museums to be allocated important pieces for the public to enjoy, and I look forward to seeing this outstanding pastel piece in its new permanent home in Scotland.”

Edward Harley, chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel, said: “This superb example of Monet’s skill in pastels, every bit as compelling as his finest oil paintings, has been in a private Scottish collection for the last 80 years.

“I am pleased that the Acceptance in Lieu scheme has made it possible for it now to be enjoyed by all at the Scottish National Gallery.”

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