Monet, Wheatstacks (Snow Effect, Morning)
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How does this painting by Claude Monet achieve such simplicity and complexity at the same time?

 

A conversation with Dr. Scott Allan, Associate Curator of Paintings, Getty Museum and Dr. Beth Harris, Executive Director, Smarthistory, in front of Wheatstacks (Snow Effect, Morning), 1891, Claude Monet. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 100.3 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

How does this painting by Claude Monet achieve such simplicity and complexity at the same time? Let’s take a closer look at the techniques Monet used to capture ephemeral phenomena such as weather, atmosphere, and the effects of time’s passage.

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A conversation with Dr. Scott Allan, Associate Curator of Paintings, Getty Museum and Dr. Beth Harris, Executive Director, Smarthistory, in front of Wheatstacks (Snow Effect, Morning), 1891, Claude Monet. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 100.3 cm. Getty Museum, Los Angeles.



Additional resources

View this work on the Getty Museum’s website

Paul Tucker, Monet in the 90s: The Series Paintings (MFA Boston, 1989)

Virginia Spate, Claude Monet: The Color of Time (Thames and Hudson, 2001)

Paul Tucker, Claude Monet: Life and Art (Yale University Press, 1995)


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Cite this page as: Dr. Scott Allan, "Monet, Wheatstacks (Snow Effect, Morning)
Getty Conversations," in Smarthistory, March 28, 2022, accessed October 2, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/monet-wheatstacks-snow-effect-morning-getty-conversations/.