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  • Claude Monet
    Nov 14, 1840 - Dec 5, 1926
  • Haystacks - Claude Monet was a French painter, initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his pictures - Impression: Sunrise (Musée Marmottan, Paris; 1872) - gave the group his name.
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  • 1903
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    The Monet Haystacks series of work is a prime example of his unwavering drive to capture light and it’s relationship to an object or scene and how that light changes both during the day and throughout the year.

    Claude Monet would spend considerable time painting the same subject matter over and over again and has many series of canvases to his name.

    The Water Lilies is probably the most recognized of his these collections and the largest as it spans some 250 canvases.

    However, Monet’s haystacks painting are held in very high esteem within the art world as being some of his finest work albeit not as well known as the water lilies.

    Some of his latter work such as The Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge and Monet Artist’s Garden did not feature a sky line or horizon and had a much narrower focus.

    Whereas the haystacks painting were much larger scenes and often contained the horizon, rolling countryside and tree lines in the distance.

    As the name suggests the subject matter of the Haystacks series are stacks of hay or wheat following the harvest.

    Monet had to convince a local farmer close to his home in Giverny to allow him to access the fields over a extended period of time that spanned several seasons.

    He worked tirelessly for roughly 18 months between 1890 and 1891 with all of Monet’s paintings being no more than three kilometers from his house in the French countryside.

    Very few of the paintings feature a single haystack with the bulk having two or three individual stacks present.

    Not only where the haystacks painted at varying parts of the day to capture the differences in light but others were also painted across different seasons.

    The majority were painted in late spring and through the summer.

    However, Monet did complete some canvases during the winter and they feature the affect of both the lower winter sun and the snow on the ground.

    The speed at which the light changes during the winter gave the artist particular trouble and many individual pieces had to be attempted on multiple occasions to capture the same light again on a different day.

    A similar approach he would use on the Rouen Cathedral series of paintings

    Monet was famous for his ability to work on multiple canvases all on the same day often for no more than an hour or so on each individual one.

    He would routinely have his assistant bring many different works that had been started previously from his studio back out into the fields so that he could choose one to work on providing that the current lighting conditions were similar to when it was started.

    The reason behind this was that light and color changed dramatically throughout the day especially when dealing with an object such as a haystack that casts a considerable shadow in the foreground.

    The Haystacks series have some of the most vibrant sun sets that Monet ever painted.

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Other paintings by Claude Monet:

Portrait of Germaine Hoschede with a Doll
Portrait of Germaine Hoschede with a Doll
The Old Tree, Sunlight on the Petite Creuse
The Old Tree, Sunlight on the Petite Creuse
Monet's Garden at Argenteuil
Monet's Garden at Argenteuil
Pathway in Monet's Garden at Giverny 1902
Pathway in Monet's Garden at Giverny 1902
Claude MonetIn 1890 Monet had bought a strip of marshland across the road from his house and flower garden, through which flowed a tributary of the Epte. By diverting this stream, he began to construct a water-lily garden. Soon weeping willows, iris, and bamboo grew around a free-form pool, clusters of lily pads and blossoms floated on the quiet water, and a Japanese bridge closed the composition at one end. By 1900 this unique product of Monet's imagination (for his Impressionism had become more subjective) was in itself a major work of environmental art--an exotic lotus land within which he was to meditate and paint for more than 20 years. The first canvases of lilies, water, and the Japanese bridge were only about one yard square, but their unprecedented open composition, with the large blossoms and pads suspended as if in space, and the azure water in which clouds were reflected, implied an encompassing environment beyond the frame. This concept of embracing spatiality, new to the history of painting and only implicit in the first water-lily paintings, was expanded by 1925 into a cycle of huge murals to be installed in Paris in two 80-foot oval rooms in the Orangerie of the Tuileries. These were described in 1952 by the painter André Masson as "the Sistine Chapel of Impressionism." This crowning achievement of Monet's long, probing study of nature--his striving to render his impressions, as he said, "in the face of the most fugitive effects"--was not dedicated until after his death. The many large studies for the Orangerie murals, as well as other unprecedented and unique works painted in the water garden between 1916 and 1925, were almost unknown until the 1950s but are now distributed throughout the major private collections and museums of the world. Despite failing eyesight, Monet continued to paint almost until his death in 1926.