As for Monet's lily pond, the image includes both the lake shore and its reflection in water. The white boat and its reflection are too sparkling for their light to come only from the moon. This intense internal lighting is meaning that it is the last remaining element from the human civilization.
On May 11 in New York, Christie's sells Swamped, oil on canvas 197 x 241 cm painted in 1990, lot 5A. The press release edited on April 24 by the auction house tells that they expect a record with this outstanding painting, with a price around $ 20M.
On 7 February 2007, Sotheby's sold for £ 5.7 million including premium over a lower estimate of £ 800K another painting of similar size, probably executed later because it is dated 1990-1991 with a title, White canoe, that removes the hint to the film inspiration of the series.
On that day, the art market had pushed to the highest level this young artist who works with meticulous care over large sizes while assimilating the technical inputs of the great masters of his century including Klimt, Pollock and Richter.
The following of his work is varied, with a thread that questions and criticizes the role of humanity and the decline of its incongruous traces in nature. Doig admits an admiration for Hopper. He is one of the most important and original contemporary artists.