The masterpiece of the renowned master of impressionism A Hay Stack in the Evening Sun on show at Serlachius Museum Gösta 1 June–31 August 2015.
A work of art authenticated as a genuine Claude Monet
The painting Haystack in the Evening Sun, acquired in the 1950s by the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation on show at Serlachius Museum Gösta in summer 2015.
The Foundation originally acquired the painting through a London art broker Louis Richter. Ever since its acquisition, the painting has been assumed to be a Monet. As the artist’s signature is not visible and the painting is largely unknown, its authenticity has at times been questioned.
The artwork was analysed in Mänttä by the Recenart research team from the University of Jyväskylä. Recenart applies cutting-edge expertise and technology from the fields of art history, chemistry, physics and information technology into the scientific study of art. The artwork was studied with hyperpspectral imaging layer by layer. This examination revealed underneath the layers of paint in the lower right corner the signature of Claude Monet along with the year 1891.
The authentication was confirmed also utilizing the XRF-spectrometer measuring the chemical elements on tiny amounts of pigment. They were compared with the corresponding pigments used in internationally known Hay Stack motifs by Monet. The pigments were confirmed identical.
The master piece of the impressionistic artist is again on show in summer 2015 at Art museum Göstassa.
Detail of the work Claude Monet, Hay Stack in the Evening Sun, 1891, oil on canvas, Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. Image: Rauno Träskelin.