The Globe and Mail – The French irises are here to stay: After three years of delays and disputes, the Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired Iris Bleus, Jardin du Petit Gennevilliers by Gustave Caillebotte for a price tag of more than $1-million. The painting, which shows stems of pale blue irises against a backdrop of greenery in the artist’s suburban garden was executed two years before the artist’s premature death at the age of 45, during a period when he was working closely with Claude Monet.

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