wheatstacks end of summer
Beginning in 1890, Claude Monet spent one year painting giant stacks of wheat. Here is his journal from that time.
Painted a decent stack of wheat today. Going to call it, “Wheatstack in the Sunlight, Morning Effect.” Something like that.
“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand when it’s simply necessary to love.”
“My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions.”
– Claude Monet
Although the mundane subject was constant throughout this series, the underlying theme may be seen as the transience of light. This concept enabled him to use repetition to show nuances of perception as seasons, time of day, and weather changes. The constant subject provided the basis from which comparisons could be made in changes of light across this nuanced series. The first paintings in the series were started in late September or early October 1890, and he continued producing these paintings for about seven months. These paintings made Monet the first painter to paint such a large quantity of pictures of the same subject matter differentiated by light, weather, atmosphere and perspective.
Many notable painters have been influenced by this particular series including Les Fauves , Derain and Vlaminck. Kandinsky ‘s memoirs refer to the series: “What suddenly became clear to me was the unsuspected power of the palette, which I had not understood before and which surpassed my wildest dreams.”
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March 16th, 2020
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