On day fourteen of Culture Tourist Art Blogmas, we’re going to see one of the most beautiful Impressionist paintings. Today, I’m bringing you a winter edition of one of Claude Monet’s Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun).
Art Blogmas 2021
The Haystacks is a series of around thirty paintings made by Claude Monet in 1890 and 1891. To show how light affects the colours, Monet used the same motif and painted it during different seasons and times of the day.
Today, we’re also taking a little trip outside the Old Continent and will visit one of the best American museums – The Met.
Claude Monet: Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun)
Where is it? The Met, New York
The painting we’re hosting in the Art Blogmas today is Haystack (Effect of Snow and Sun). It’s pretty straightforward to what Claude Monet was interested in while painting it. In his artwork, Claude Monet 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 uses purple to show the darker areas of the painting.
It’s fascinating how, although his motive is white, and we recognize his theme and snow immediately, there is no white colour in this painting. Instead, he’s using all those pastel colours to show the winter day and the soft light of the golden hour.
Some trees are 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 this Art Blogmas so far. And in learning more about some of the most iconic paintings from Art History.
If you don’t want to miss other paintings I will share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30. Or, follow along on the Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.