Grainstack, Sun in the Mist
On View In:
Gallery 355
Artist:   Claude Monet  
Title:   Grainstack, Sun in the Mist  
Date:   1891  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   23 5/8 x 39 1/2in. (60 x 100.3cm) 33 x 48 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (83.82 x 123.83 x 9.84 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund, The John R. Van Derlip Fund, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, and Mary Joann and James R. Jundt  
Location:   Gallery 355  

In the late 1880s, Claude Monet analyzed visual perception by representing the same subject under varying conditions of light, atmosphere, and weather. In one such series, he depicted the grainstacks near his house in Giverny. These large, conical structures of wheat, 15 to 20 feet high, protected the grain from rain and rodents. Typical of farming practice in France, the stacks came to symbolize the country's rural prosperity. Monet studied the grainstacks during different seasons as the sunlight changed in intensity. This picture shows the autumn dawn, at a moment when the sun burns off the rising mist. The grainstack is seen against the morning light, which forms a halo around it. Up close, one sees a flickering patchwork of broken brushstrokes, each one a notation of light. At a distance, these colors coalesce into a brilliant, shimmering image.

Name:   Monet, Claude  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1840 - 1926  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LR in lilac: [Claude Monet 91]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Wheatstack  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   93.20  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts