The National Museum of Western Art

update 21 February 2018

on display Permanent Collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Poplars in the Sun

Date1891
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)93 x 73.5
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: Claude Monet 91
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Wildenstein 1305
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0152
Poplars in the Sun

Monet left several series of works that depict the same motif with changes in light, pigment or composition. He was fascinated by the stand of poplars along the left bank of the Epte River near Giverny, and he set down their form several times during the spring and summer of 1891. The special characteristics of this work are the three large poplars shown in the foreground of the image, and the bright lively impression given by the blue of the sky, the white of the clouds and the green and rose color of the trees. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.74)

Provenance

Purchased from Monet by Kojiro Matsukata, in 1922; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

1892
Monet, Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1892 - 1892, cat. no. 11
1924
Exposition Claude Monet, organisée au bénéfice des Victimes de la Catastrophe du Japon, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 4 January 1924 - 18 January 1924, cat. no. 23
1924
Inaugural exposition of French art, The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco, 1924 - 1925, cat. no. 37
1952
Monet, Kunsthaus, Zürich, 1952 - 1952, Paris, 1952, cat. no. 79
1952
Monet, Dienst voor Schone Kunsten, Den Haag, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 65
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 73
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hakutsuru Museum, Kobe, 20 October 1962 - 5 November 1962, P-210
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Gallery of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, 17 November 1962 - 9 December 1962, cat. no. 38 (当館記録による)
1963
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume, 26 October 1963 - 10 November 1963, P-210
1963
The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Shimane Prefectural Museum, Matsue, 5 October 1963 - 20 October 1963, P-210
1964
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Nakajima Sports Center of Hokkaido Prefecture, 22 August 1964 - 13 September 1964, cat. no. 13
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, 22 September 1965 - 10 October 1965, cat. no. 9
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Okayama Prefecture, Okayama, 20 October 1965 - 7 November 1965, cat. no. 9
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 12 November 1966 - 27 November 1966, cat. no. 8
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Wakayama, 15 October 1966 - 4 November 1966, cat. no. 8
1967
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Kagoshima Municipal Museum of Art, 28 April 1967 - 21 May 1967, cat. no. 8
1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 75, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 72
1982
Monet, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 9 October 1982 - 28 November 1982, cat. no. 40
1983
Claude Monet at the time of Giverny, Centre Culturel du Marais, 6 April 1983 - 31 July 1983, cat. no. 28, repr. color.
1986
Claude Monet: Painter of Light, The Auckland City Art Gallery, 27 April 1986 - 9 June 1986, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 June - 4 August; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 13 August - 29 September, cat. no. 22. col. repr.
1986
Renoir et les impressionnistes, Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art, 23 September 1986 - 3 November 1986, cat. no. 71, col. repr.
1986
Claude Monet, Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 29 April 1986 - 30 June 1986, cat. no. 71, repr. color.
1990
Monet in the 90’s: The Series Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 7 February 1990 - 29 April 1990, cat. no. 38, repr. color., The Art Institute of Chicago, 19 May 1990 - 12 August 1990, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 7 September 1990 - 9 December 1990
1992
Claude Monet: 1840-1926, La Salle Saint-Georges-Féronstrée (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège) , 13 March 1992 - 10 May 1992, cat. no. 24, repr. color.
1994
Monet: A Retrospective, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, 11 February 1994 - 7 April 1994, Nagoya City Art Museum, 16 April-12 June 1994, cat. no. 54, col. repr.(as"Les trois arbres, été")
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 41
2001
Monet & Japan, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 9 March 2001 - 11 June 2001, cat. no. 25, col. repr.
2006
Claude Monet: Effet de soleil - Felder im Frühling, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 20 May 2006 - 24 September 2006, cat. no. 36, col. repr.
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. 59, col. repr.
2015
Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market, The National Gallery, London, 4 March 2015 - 31 May 2015, Philadelphia Museum of Art,Philadelphia, cat. no. 57 (fig. 13), col. repr.

Bibliography

1939
Venturi, L. Archives de l'impressionnisme. tome 1, Paris, 1939, pp. 341-344.
1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no. 16, col. repr.
1961
Catalogue du Musée National d'Art Occidental, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1961 (Préface and Catalogue Général in Japanese and French), P-210.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2, 1968, pp. 13-14, no. 20, repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 50, repr.
1973
Tanaka, Hidemichi. L'inspiration artistique de Nymphéas de Monet. Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental. No.6 (1971), 1973, pp. 33-43.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 34, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 42, repr.
1979
Wildenstein, D. Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné. tome 3, Lausanne/ Paris, 1979, pp. 150-151, repr., 264 (letters to P. Durand-Ruel, nos. 1133, 1135, 1138); tome 5, 1991, pp. 48, 215 (lettre no. 3061).
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 192, repr.
1983
Gordon, Robert; Forge, Andrew. Monet. New York, 1983, p. 169, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1068.
1990
Tucker, Paul, Hayes. Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings. Boston/ New Haven/ London, 1990, pp. 115, 118, repr., 121, 122.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 3, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, p. 522, cat. no. 1305, repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 88, col. repr.

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