Poplars, Pink Effect
Claude Monet ( French, 1840 - 1926 )
Poplars, Pink Effect belongs to a series of 24 paintings that Monet began in 1891. As with his other serial paintings, such as those depicting haystacks or the Rouen Cathedral, Monet returned to the motif day after day, recording its appearance at different times and in varying light and weather conditions. Although begun outdoors, most of the paintings were finished in the studio, as the artist delicately balanced aesthetic consistency with a faithful representation of nature. Legend has it that upon learning this grove of poplars was to be harvested for lumber, Monet attended the auction, met a wood merchant, and partnered with him to buy the trees, thereby allowing the artist to finish the series.