Oscar-Claude Monet is one of the celebrated western painters of all time and the founder of Impressionist painting. Monet is a household name in France and his iconic Water Lilies series symbolises French paintings. A painting of Claude from his famous Water Lilies series is to go on sale at the New York auction for around $40m. The work is 40in*79in which was painted from 1917 to 1919 and will be kept in the Impressionist session and Modern Art Evening Sale on May 12th. The painting will be in Taipei, Taiwan on 26th April and will be returned to Sotheby's in the US city for exhibition. The celebrated Water Lily series is famous for its nearly abstract treatment of pond water's surface and the way it reflects. This artwork is part of the Grandes Decorations series of paintings showing Monet's water lily pond at Giverny, France.