Claude Monet - Meadow with Poplars 1875

Meadow with Poplars 1875
Meadow with Poplars
1875 54x65cm oil/canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

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From Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
This painting is an early representation of grainstacks and poplars, subjects to which Monet would return in his series paintings of the 1890s. But this landscape reflects his primary concern in the 1870s: rendering air and depth through color. Contrasting highlights (red and green, purple and yellow), picked out in bright impasto, seem to bring the foreground closer to the viewer, while cool tones of more fluidly applied paint suggest the background’s recession to a hazy distance.