Monet's Exploration of Light

Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a French painter who is considered the father of the "Impressionist" style of painting. In the 1890's he began a series of paintings that depicted haystacks over and over again - but the interesting thing was that the paintings were not about the haystacks, but rather an investigation of how the light during different times of the day, or different seasons of the year, changed the way those haystacks looked. Scroll down for more ...

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In some ways, Monet probably had to choose a boring subject such as a haystack, so that the viewer would not be enthralled with the subject but instead focus on how the light was affecting the color. For example, an early morning summer sunrise makes a light and color much different than the middle of the day in the winter.

Below are six examples of Monet's haystacks - what would you guess would be the circumstances under which he made these paintings? We'll give you the descriptions that Monet himself gave these paintings - can you match up these descriptions with the numbers below? Scroll down below the pictures for the answers.

Which Monet haystack painting is "At end of summer, morning effect?"

Can you figure out which one Monet described as "White frost effect?"

Monet painted one of these at "Midday."

Which Monet painting shows a haystack "On a foggy morning?"

One of these haystack paintings is "Thaw, sunset."

Can you ID which one Monet called "Sunset, snow effect?"

6 examples of Monet Haystacks painted at different times of the day and different seasons


#1 is "At end of summer, morning effect."

#2 is "On a foggy morning."

#3 is "Midday."

#4 is "White frost effect."

#5 is "Thaw, sunset."

#6 is "Sunset, snow effect."

BONUS: We decided to try our own Monet Light Experiment, photographing a simple bush at six different times of the day ... check out our results here!

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