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  • Claude Monet
    Nov 14, 1840 - Dec 5, 1926
  • Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte 1891 - 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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Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte 1891
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  • 1891
    Oil on canvas
    80 x 92 cm
    Private collection.

    Claude Monet is the impressionist painter par excellence, and as such one of the best landscape painters of all time. Among his many contributions to modern Western art was the "series" of paintings, similar to those of Hokusai and Hiroshige, which influenced later painters like Andy Warhol. Monet's most famous series are the "Haystacks" and the "Rouen Cathedral" series. Somewhat less known are his "Poplars" series, which nevertheless are an excellent example of Monet's talent for painting nature.

    In 1891, Monet was already a well known and well-paid painter. That allowed him not only to rent a boat in order to paint the poplars from the river, but also to convince (via previous payment) the owner of the trees (a lumber merchant) not to chop the poplars down until the painter had finished painting the entire series. It includes examples with simple compositions (such as "The Four Trees" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), which reminds Mondrian’s neoplasticist paintings; as well as other pictures with more complex composition, of which "Poplars on the banks of the Epte" is the best example.

    The composition so beautifully resembles the beauty of a Japanese haiku, asymmetric and touching, while the poplars' leaves sing in red, purple, and finally in a blue that would make Yves Klein green with envy. It's Monet in his full bloom, the artist who once told his family that he wanted “to paint as the bird sings”.

    Monet exhibited this painting along with the rest of "poplars" at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1892. It was the second consecutive success for artist, following the exhibition of the "haystacks" series the previous year. After finishing this series, Monet focused his efforts on the most important series he ever created, the “Rouen Cathedral” series, often considered the “climax” of Impressionism.

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Other paintings by Claude Monet:

Woman with a Parasol Facing Left
Woman with a Parasol Facing Left
Woman with a Parasol Facing Right
Woman with a Parasol Facing Right
The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain
The Undergrowth in the Forest of Saint-Germain
Etretat, End of Day
Etretat, End of Day
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.