The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

Currently not on display

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Haystacks

Date1890-91
Materials/Techniquescharcoal on paper
Size (cm)23.3 x 29.2
InscriptionsSigned lower left: Claude Monet
Standard ref.Wildenstein D 444
CategoryDrawings
Collection NumberD.1966-0001
Haystacks

Between the end of the summer of 1890 and the spring of 1891, Monet painted 25 views of haystacks. What Monet was pursuing in the Haystack Series was how to capture the "entourage" of the motif, i.e. the effect of the light diffused around the motif. In this drawing, the entourage of the haystacks projecting dark shadows against the light is contoured in dots. Similar dotted lines are also visible around the trees in the mid-ground. This study shows the artist's acute interest in the effect of the light incessantly flowing around the motif. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

L'Art dans les deux mondes; Durand-Ruel, 1891; Moritatsu Hosokawa, Japan, 1926; Purchased, 1966.

Exhibition History

1906
Œuvre de Cl. Monet: 1894-1905, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1906 -
1908
Salon jubilaire, La Libre Esthétique, Bruxelles, 1 March 1908 - 5 April 1908, no. 139
1909
Salon du Dessin, Liège, Belgique, 1909 - 1909
1997
Expressiveness of Materials, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 17 April 1997 - 22 June 1997, cat. no. 29
2001
French Masterpiece Drawings from The National Museum of Western Art Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 27 March 2001 - 24 June 2001
2007
The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 17 March 2007 - 10 June 2007, cat. no. 203, col. repr.
2010
Modern Drawings from the National Museum of Western Art: Selections from the Matsukata Collection and Post-1959 Acquisitions, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 23 February 2010 - 30 May 2010, cat. no. 8
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, Pola Museum of Art, 13 July 2013 - 24 November 2013, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013-9 March 2014, cat. no. 31, col. repr.

Bibliography

1891
Mirbeau, O. Claude Monet. L'Art dans les deux mondes. no. 16, 7 mars 1891, p. 183.
1906
Duret, Th. L'Histoire des peintres impressionnistes. Paris, 1906, p. 15.
1924
Elder, Marc. A Giverny chez Claude Monet. Paris, 1924, pl. 32.
1928
Werth, Léon. Claude Monet. Paris, 1928, pl. 65.
1932
Yashiro, Yukio. Seiyo kindai kaiga ni tsuite. Bijyutsu kenkyu. no. 9, September 1932, pp. 1-25.
1948
Reuterswärd, Oscar. Monet. Stockholm, 1948, p. 195, fig. 91.
1948
Huyghe, R. Le Dessin français au XIXe siècle. Lausanne, 1948, p. 107.
1959
Cogniat, R. Le Siècle des impressionnistes. Paris, 1959 , p. 76.
1959
Mathey, F. Les impressionnistes et leur temps. Paris, 1959, p. 94.
1960
Seitz, William Chapin. Claude Monet. New York, 1960, pp. 35, 49, fig. 64.
1963
Taillandier, Yvon. Monet. Paris, n.d. [1963], p. 91.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2 (1967), 1968, Nakayama, Kimio, preface; Kuroe, Mitsuhiko, catalogue. Claude Monet dans les collections japonais. p. 14, cat. no. 21. Catalogue of the New Acquisitions. pp. 98-99, no. P-358. repr.
1969
Sapego, Igor'Gavrilovich. Claude Monet. Leningrad, 1969, pl. 12.
1969
Cogniat, Raymond. Claude Monet. Paris, 1969, p. 36.
1970
Lindemann, G.. Prints-Drawings, a Pictoral History. London, 1970, pp. 306-312, 306.
1970
Blunden, M.; Blunden, G.. Le Journal de l'impressionnisme. Paris, 1970, p. 121.
1970
Kuroe, Mitsuhiko. Claude Monet. Tokyo, Shuei-sha, 1970 (L'Art Moderne du Monde, vol.2), ref. pl. no. 13. (in Japanese)
1971
Les cent chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 51.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 35.
1985
Leymaire, J.. Dessins impressionnistes de Manet à Renoir. Genève, 1985, p. 22.
1991
Wildenstein, Daniel. Claude Monet: biographie et catalogue raisonné, t. 5, Lausanne/Paris, La Bibliothèque des Arts, c1991, p. 129, cat. no. D444.
1992
Mutobe, Akinori. Yuhi no Tsumiwara: Hikari no Utsuroi ni Miserareta Rensaku. The Canvas Seeks the Light: 19 century, 3, Kodansha, 1992 (Meiga he no Tabi, vol. 19), p. 106, no. 5-24. (in Japanese)
1993
Mutobe, Akinori. Light in Monet's Series Paintings of the 1890s: A Study of the Composition and Motifs. Bijutsushi: Journal of the Japan Art History Society, no. 133, 1993, pp. 30-44. (in Japanese)
1995
La Muse Henshu-bu. Monet: Yureru Hikari. Kodansha-bunko, 1995., p. 105. (in Japanese)
1997
Expressiveness of Materials (exh.cat.). The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 17 April-22 June 1997. The National Museum of Western Art; The National Museum Art, Osaka, cat. no. 4', list. no. 29.

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