Haystacks at Sunset, Frosty Weather (1891; Giverny, France) by Claude Monet

Haystacks at Sunset, Frosty Weather - Claude Monet - 1891; Giverny, France

Artwork Information

TitleHaystacks at Sunset, Frosty Weather
ArtistClaude Monet
Date1891; Giverny, France
Dimensions65 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Haystacks at Sunset, Frosty Weather

The artwork “Haystacks at Sunset, Frosty Weather” is an oil on canvas painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, completed in the year 1891 in Giverny, France. Measuring 65 by 92 centimeters, this piece is part of Monet’s renowned “Haystacks” series and portrays a landscape scene. The work typifies the Impressionist movement, and at present, it is held in a private collection.

This particular artwork captures the ephemeral quality of light at sunset during cold weather. The central subject is a single haystack, bathed in the glow of the setting sun. The color palette consists of muted purples, blues, and fiery oranges and yellows in the sky, reflecting on the frost permeated ground and the haystack itself. Monet’s characteristic loose brushwork creates a sense of texture and vibrancy, evoking the brisk atmosphere of the scene. The piece adeptly conveys the transient nature of light and atmosphere, a hallmark of Monet’s work and a central preoccupation of the Impressionist movement. The painting lacks precise details, instead favoring a blend of colors to suggest forms, allowing the viewer’s eye to mix the colors from a distance and inviting them to experience a fleeting moment in nature.

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