About this artwork

The complementary colours orange and blue enrich the solid forms and cast shadows of the haystacks in the snow. They stood in a field just to the west of Monet's house in Giverny, where he established his famous water lily gardens. Monet persuaded the local farmer to leave the stacks for the autumn and relatively mild winter of 1890 so that he could paint a series of pictures. He combined work out-of-doors with some in the studio and produced at least thirty paintings of haystacks in different lights. Their lyrical, almost abstract, quality influenced many later artists.

  • title: Haystacks: Snow Effect
  • accession number: NG 2283
  • artist: Claude MonetFrench (1840 - 1926)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Shadows Impressionism
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1891
  • measurements: 65.00 x 92.00 cm (framed: 85.00 x 111.70 x 9.00 cm)
  • credit line: Bequest of Sir Alexander Maitland 1965
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists. His painting 'Impression, Sunrise', shown in Paris in 1874, prompted critics to label him and fellow exhibitors as 'Impressionists'. Monet had moved to Paris from Le Havre, Normandy, where, inspired by Boudin, he painted landscapes in the open air. Encouraged by friends he met in Paris, including Pissarro and Renoir, he continued throughout his long and prolific life to capture in his paintings through the vivid use of colour changing light effects. He was to refine this interest through his 'series' pictures, exploring the same subject at different times of day and year.