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Classic Monet artwork on display at Yellowstone Art Museum

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The Purple Iris is on display at the YAM (MTN News) The Purple Iris is on display at the YAM (MTN News)

He's considered one of the most esteemed artists of all time; the work of Claude Monet can be found in top museums around the world.

But to see the work of this historic impressionist, Billings art enthusiasts won't have to go far.

Tucked away in the back corner of the Yellowstone Art Museum, a treasure hangs without much light, secluded.

Claude Monet's Iris Mauve is described by impressionism specialists as a “large splendid painting that's part of a series of works that was painted between 1914 and 1917.”

"Iris Mauve," valued at more than $9 million dollars, is a world classic.

“The subject is one of Monet's favorite subjects, the Iris," said Yellowstone Art Museum Senior Curator Bob Durton.

Iris Mauve demonstrates the unbridled joy that Monet found from the plants that surrounded him at his garden, according to specialist speculation.

Claude Monet was born in Paris, France, but for at least a few months, he will be a resident of Billings, Montana.

"Pretty interesting thinking of the mission of the museum which is regionally based then having this opportunity is essentially a regional art museum by someone like Monet," said Durton.

Other works in the series now reside in the national museum of art in Tokyo, the national gallery in London, and the metropolitan museum in NY.

And now, it's a chance for the people of Billings to take a peak.

"I think curiosity is a primary reason to come see. A lot of people think they know Monet for all the calendars and that is commercialized after Monet, but until you see one in person and you see it at the scale that it's painted, it's hard to understand what it's all about," said Durton.

The Iris Mauve is on display, along with two other high-end classics, at the YAM until December.

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