In day 8 of Culture Tourist Art Blogmas, we’re going to see an Impressionist painting again. Today, I’m bringing you a winter edition of one of Claude Monet’s Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun).

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The Haystacks is a series of around thirty paintings of that subject painted by Claude Monet in 1890 and 1891. To show the way light is affecting the colours, Monet used the same motif. And painted it during different seasons and times of the day.

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Claude Monet: Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun)

The painting we’re hosting in the Art Blogmas today has a name Haystack (Effect of Snow and Sun). It’s quite straight forward to what Claude Monet was interested in while painting it. As we could notice before on one of his paintings shared in this Art Blogmas on day 3, he was utterly impressed by snow. He could play with colours, reflections and textures so well while painting it.

Monet is again using so many different colours to show the whiteness of snow. We recognize shades of yellow, ocher, blue, pink, purple etc. His shadows are not grey either. Instead, he’s using purple to show the darker areas on the painting.

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It’s fascinating how, although, his motive is white, and we recognize his theme and snow immediately, there is no white colour on this painting. Instead, he’s using all those pastel colours to show the winter day and the soft light of the golden hour.

There are some trees in the background, but he’s only showing them as a blurry background here. Just as we would see them on a foggy winter day.

I hope you’re enjoying in this Art Blogmas so far. And in exploring all the different ways, artists depicted winter on their paintings through the history of art.

If you don’t want to miss other paintings I’m going to share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30. Or, follow along on Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.