A Haystack in the Evening Sun (1891; Giverny, France) by Claude Monet

A Haystack in the Evening Sun - Claude Monet - 1891; Giverny, France

Artwork Information

TitleA Haystack in the Evening Sun
ArtistClaude Monet
Date1891; Giverny, France
Dimensions39 x 52 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationGösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, Mänttä, Finland

About A Haystack in the Evening Sun

The artwork titled “A Haystack in the Evening Sun” was created by the illustrious French artist Claude Monet in 1891, situated in Giverny, France. This oil on canvas painting, measuring 39 x 52 cm, is part of the renowned “Haystacks” series, a prime example of the Impressionist movement. The genre of the artwork is landscape and it is currently housed at the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation in Mänttä, Finland.

The painting captures the ephemeral quality of light at sunset, depicting a singular haystack that dominates the canvas. Monet’s brushwork is loose and expressive, with strokes of color creating a vibrant, textured surface that reflects the fleeting effects of sunlight on the haystack. The palette comprises warm tones, suggesting the glow of the evening sun, set against the cooler shades of the background landscape. The haystack’s shadow is elongated and violet-hued, projecting across the ground while hints of azure enrich the sky, hinting at the approach of dusk. In the distance, patches of greenery and the subtle forms of trees can be discerned, contributing to the rural tranquility of the scene. The artwork radiates the essence of Impressionism, capturing a moment in time through an interplay of color, light, and atmosphere.

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