Grainstack, Sun in the Mist (1891; Giverny, France) by Claude Monet

Grainstack, Sun in the Mist - Claude Monet - 1891; Giverny, France

Artwork Information

TitleGrainstack, Sun in the Mist
ArtistClaude Monet
Date1891; Giverny, France
Dimensions60 x 100 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMinneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, US

About Grainstack, Sun in the Mist

“Grainstack, Sun in the Mist,” created by the renowned French artist Claude Monet in 1891 at Giverny, France, is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Impressionism movement. The painting measures 60 by 100 centimeters and depicts a landscape scene. It forms part of Monet’s famous “Haystacks” series. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN, US.

The artwork captures a single haystack at the center, bathed in the soft, diffuse light of the sun as it tries to pierce through the mist. The play of light and shadow, as well as the atmospheric conditions, create an array of colors and textures across the canvas. Monet’s brushwork is loose and expressive, which is characteristic of the Impressionist approach aimed at capturing the fleeting effects of light on the landscape. The background and foreground blend with dappled colors of mauve, pink, orange, and blue, conveying the chill of an early morning or the quietude of late afternoon. The haystack itself appears both solid and ephemeral, anchored by the weight of the grain it holds yet almost dissolving into the misty background. Overall, the artwork exudes tranquility and the beauty of the rural French countryside, hallmarks of Monet’s focus on the natural world.

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