From Christie's Auctions:
It is difficult to imagine a more iconic Impressionist masterpiece than the work to be offered for sale on November 16, Monet's Meule, 1891, possibly the most vibrantly colorful of all the painter's slightly more than thirty variations on this motif that revolutionized modern art. Monet painted six of his grainstacks ("meule" in French) compositions already in 1888, and then fully realized his obsession with the subject starting in the autumn of 1890. This particular Meule is one of three canvases that are three inches taller than any of the others in format. Its pointed top rising to the upper edge of the canvas and its side cropped, the massive stack in the foreground is transcribed with short dashes of richly muted sunset colors, as is everything observed near and far, to the shadowy horizon of purplish hills visible in the distance across the Seine.